Bear Cub Put Down For Getting Too Friendly With Humans
A baby black bear was 'lethally removed' by wildlife officials in Oregon after it became so used to being fed by humans it allowed the public to get close enough to take selfies.
Authorities began to receive calls about the bear lingering near Henry Hagg Lake, in early June.
It was 32 degrees and a steady stream of boating crowds had arrived in the area, many of which were leaving leftovers and snacks for the cub to enjoy.
It didn't take long for the bear to become so accustomed to the public that humans were able to get close enough to take selfies with the animal.
After spotting several photos plastered across social media, Deputies from the sheriff's office were dispatched to the area last Tuesday night. A tweet was sent out warning everybody to stay away.
The cub was forced back into the woods but by Wednesday it had returned, discovered eating food left by humans.
It was a similar story on Thursday.
Wildlife biologist Kurt License and his colleague set out a trap in a bid to relocate the bear, but it was instead found eating piles of food, which included trail mix, sunflower seeds and cracked corn, on a local highway a short distance away, according to a statement from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
When the officials approached, the bear stayed put.
It was then that the 45-kilogram cub was declared too habituated to be relocated.
He was shot dead.
“This is a classic example of why we implore members of the public not to feed bears,” said wildlife biologist Kurt Licence said according to the Department's statement.
“While the individuals who put food out for this bear may have had good intentions bears should never, ever be fed. In addition to creating a threat to public safety, people can harm wild animals by feeding them 'junk food' that potentially will make them sick," he continued.
Euthanising bears is not a rare occurrence in that neck of the woods.
In fact, each year, wildlife management puts down multiple bears that have become far too comfortable with humans, according to the Statesman Journal.
Authorities are now trying to educate the public about the risks of feeding and getting too close to local, wild black bears.