Cyclist Tim Egan was riding on Old State Road in Boulder County when he collided with a bear that had run out onto the road in front of him. "This bear looked at me with a look of terror on his face and sort of made a noise," Egan told the Rocky Mountain News. "I looked at him with a look of terror and we went, 'Aaaahhhhh.'" Egan, 53, suffered cracked ribs, cuts on his head and road rash. The bear's injuries were unknown; it ran away after the accident.

A large black bear apparently chased a group of marijuana farmers from a growing operation in rural Garfield County, according to sheriff's deputies who raided the site. Police found "pipes chewed in half, food containers ripped apart, cans scarred by bites, claw marks and bear prints and trees bearing claw marks," the Denver Post reported. "If I can find this bear, I'm going to deputize him," Sheriff Danny Perkins said.

Another black bear ran onto the green during the second round of the U.S. Senior Open in Colorado Springs, crossing a couple of fairways and then escaping via a drainage pipe. "I never heard of such a thing," golfer Fred Funk told the Denver Post. "It would be pretty scary if (the bear) got a little panicky and some spectator or some of the golfers were too close. That wouldn't have been an issue if a caddie had got too close."

PET PROBLEMS

In March, the City of Boulder fined Joy Douglas $1,000 for dyeing her miniature poodle pink. The hair-salon worker said she colored the dog to help raise awareness for breast cancer. But Boulder has a law that prohibits people from dyeing or coloring "live fowl, rabbits, or any other animals." Douglas hired a lawyer to fight the fine, saying, "Cici is being stripped of her civic duty, and I don't plan to take it sitting down." She later agreed not to dye the dog again in exchange for having the case dismissed.

Wendy Louise Washum, 36, was arrested in Boulder after locking herself in a Wendy's bathroom with a dead dog that had been stuffed inside a duffel bag. The woman had been in the bathroom for a half-hour when employees started complaining of a bad smell, Boulder police told the Daily Camera.

In September, Jason Lee McRoberts, 30, was arrested in Grand Junction and accused of forcing a seven-year-old boy to watch him have sex with a male dog named JoJo. The boy told police that McRoberts, of Castle Rock, wanted him to watch so he could learn how to do it himself.

Ryan Hayes, 49, was arrested in July after police said he shot and killed Patches, a small Jack Russell terrier belonging to his mother's friend. The woman had stopped by the Lakewood house to visit; shortly thereafter, the dog followed Hayes into the bedroom. He originally told police the dog had shot itself, according to the Denver Post.

In December, police accused Zackary Scott Ruszka, 20, of killing his girlfriend's dog with a bow and arrow. The man had been taking care of the house where his girlfriend and her parents live; police said Ruszka had been drinking.

A Garfield County woman called police in October to ask for help taking care of the 86 cats that lived with her in a two-bedroom condo. Animal rescue officials said most of the cats were healthy but needed baths. No charges were filed.

POTTY TIME

It was green and slimy and it came from the deep! In January, an aquatic specialist with the Colorado Division of Wildlife confirmed that the tentacled organism lurking in the sewer line at 76th and Pecos that had rattled water-system employees was a Bryozoan. A what? A primitive life form that, as a species, is over 350 million years old and not uncommon in urban sewer pipes. Gross.

The University of Colorado sold the naming rights to a bathroom to Boulder venture capitalist Brad Feld, who told the Daily Camera he wanted to "inspire people as they walk in to do their business." Feld paid $25,000 for the honor, which also includes a plaque outside the bathroom that reads "The best ideas often come at inconvenient times. Don't ever close your mind to them." But do close your zipper, please.

It's been a long time since the Denver Broncos were in the Super Bowl, but that doesn't mean fans should flush away their memories. In January, a woman told police she'd found a diamond-encrusted ring wrapped in tissue on the bathroom floor at a Pueblo Sam's Club. The $50,000, size 18 ring belonged to former Broncos lineman David Diaz-Infante, who'd reported it stolen in 2006 after passing it around at a party. Diaz-Infante played on Super Bowl-winning teams in 1998 and 1999.

Think your boss is a micromanager? In March, a Qwest supervisor in southwestern Colorado handed out disposable urinal bags — known as Brief Relief — to 25 male field technicians, telling them not to waste time searching for a public bathroom. When the Communications Workers of America union complained, a Qwest spokeswoman said the bags were there "for convenience, and they are there because employees asked for them" — and not as part of company policy.

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