Looking for someone? Bear drops in on namesake apartments
28 April 2012 Last updated at 00:09 BST
Students at the University of Colorado in Boulder spotted a bear roaming near their accommodation block, aptly named Bear Creek.
Eyewitness Rhonda Chesnutt says the animal then ran into her, before escaping up a tree.
State Parks and Wildlife rangers positioned mats below, before tranquilising the bear, which then fell to safety.
The animal was checked out and later released back into Colorado's high country.
This video features a male eyewitness, Rhonda Chesnutt, and CU Boulder Police Spokesperson Ryan Huff