(AP) - A black bear that roamed into Indiana from southwestern Michigan last
summer has been captured and euthanized after becoming aggressive and trying
to get into homes, authorities said.
Mark Sargent, a
field operations manager with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources,
said in a statement that the male bear was considered a potential threat to
public safety and was tranquilized before being “humanely euthanized”
3-year-old bear was captured near Stevensville after the DNR set a trap
filled with sweets and bacon, Sargent told WSJM-AM. The bear had recently
tried to get into at least two homes, Sargent said, and wasn’t afraid of
noise, people or dogs.
“It stood on its
hind legs, and was pushing on the door trying to push its way in, even
though the occupants were yelling at it and screaming,” Sargent said.
Sargent told The
Indianapolis Star that the bear, which was about 300 pounds, was big enough
to “get through a door, wall or a screen door.” Relocating the bear wasn’t
an option because it was aggressive around people, the DNR said.
“Relocation is just
moving that problem somewhere else,” Sargent said.
When the bear
crossed into Indiana in June, it became the Hoosier State’s first confirmed
wild black bear sighting in 144 years. Hunting and habitat loss eradicated
the species in the 1800s. Last fall, officials said it was raiding bird
feeders and trash cans in Indiana.
In March, the bear
tore up the bird feeders at the Stevensville home of Mike Kinney, who took a
photo of the bear with its nose pressed against the glass of his patio door.
“I would have
preferred to have seen him moved. But we can feed the birds again,” Kinney
told The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph.