A male baby bear has been shot by wildlife officials and killed after it started drawing too much attention. Supposedly, the bear got used to the food that the tourists were giving him, so he started getting closer to them.
He even became too used to people taking selfies with him.
Police received many calls from concerned citizens that the young bear is actually posing for photos and gets too friendly with tourists at Scoggins Valley Park, Oregon. Washington County Sheriff’s Office and wildlife officials at Oregon Department of Fish started getting these calls started on 4 June but took action last week after a people found a big pile of food for the animal.
On Tuesday ( 11 June), police officers received reports that his 100lb baby bear is drawing too much attention and there are actual crowds of people in the park.
The sheriff’s department stated that they are doing their best to take the bear back to where it belongs, and they advised people to stay away from the park until the necessary is done.
A few days after, wildlife officials successfully moved the bear back to the woods, but he came back. Knowing that people would keep feeding him, he returned after only one day. Sadly, this time he was shot dead.
Biologist Kurt Licence stated that he did everything to find the bear and relocate him. He even said that the bear didn’t run when he approached him. However, according to him, this had to be done. Even though this was an unfortunate event, it directly warned tourists about the real dangers of feeding wild animals and getting too close to them.
He said: “This is a classic example of why we implore members of the public not to feed bears.
“While the individuals who put food out for this bear may have had good intentions bears should never, ever be fed.
“It was very clear that the animal was way too habituated. With that information, it was a human health and safety risk, and we had to remove it.”
Wildlife officials also confirmed that it had to be done for the best of everyone. Because when a wild animal becomes used to human interactions and being constantly fed, that only increases the chances of possible dangers in the future. After all, it is only an animal that follows his instincts, they explained.
Mr. Licence added: “It’s never a good idea to feed wild animals. They are perfectly capable of fending for themselves, and it’s always better to leave them alone and enjoy them from a safe distance.”
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