Bear euthanized after people ignored rules to take selfies with it


spaminator
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Bear euthanized after people ignored rules to take selfies with it
Washington Post
Published:
June 19, 2019
Updated:
June 19, 2019 9:01 AM EDT
A photo released by the Washington County Sheriff's Office of a young black bear that later had to be euthanized.
The young black bear was starting to grow comfortable around his new human friends.
The 100-pound male, believed to be around 2 or 3 years old, knew he could often find trail mix, sunflower seeds and cracked corn left for him along a highway near Henry Hagg Lake in northwestern Oregon. And humans in the nearby boating community roughly 30 miles west of Portland could count on easy selfies with the cub, often described on social media as “friendly.”
When calls came in earlier this month alerting authorities to the 100-pound bear’s free food setup, and officials took note of the photos suggesting the omnivore was getting too at ease with curious passers-by, the sheriff’s office urged people to stay away. Bears that get too used to being around humans can be more prone to attack, officials warned.
But fearing the animal was already too sociable, wildlife officials shot and killed the young black bear on Thursday.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that officials had “lethally removed” the black bear that had become a fixture in the area in recent weeks. While the case left some questioning whether authorities could have done more to save the young bear’s life, officials said there was no other option.
“It was very clear that the animal was way too habituated,” wildlife biologist Kurt Licence, one of the officials who euthanized the bear, told the Salem Statesman Journal. “With that information, it was a human health and safety risk, and we had to remove it.”
The newspaper reported that the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife started getting calls on June 4 about the bear’s presence in Scoggins Valley Park near Henry Hagg Lake.
“Law enforcement became aware of interactions between the bear and humans after some individuals took ‘selfie’ photographs of themselves and the bear and posted them on social media,” the department said in a statement.
On June 12, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office tweeted photos of the cub, saying that deputies were attempting to get him “to go back into the woods.” Although police said they were initially successful in a since-deleted tweet, the bear returned the next day, the Oregonian reported.
On Thursday, Licence and wildlife biologist Doug Kitchen received a call that the 100-pound bear was chowing down on a sizable pile of snacks on the side of the highway, according to the Statesman Journal. Officials originally hoped to relocate the black bear, but when they noticed it did not retreat when they approached, they decided euthanizing the animal was the only safe solution. Rick Swart, a spokesman with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, told the newspaper that it’s unlikely a bear so used to humans would stay away.
The state department emphasized that “it is illegal to ‘scatter food, garbage, or any other attractant so as to knowingly constitute a lure, enticement or attractant for potentially habituated wildlife.’”
“This is a classic example of why we implore members of the public not to feed bears,” Licence said. “While the individuals who put food out for this bear may have had good intentions, bears should never, ever be fed.” He added, “They are perfectly capable of fending for themselves, and it’s always better to leave them alone and enjoy them from a safe distance.”
According to a report from Wide Open Spaces, there were 25 fatal black bear attacks between 1997 and 2017. Oregon, which is home to between 25,000 and 30,000 black bears, has seen just three attacks involving the animal since 2000, the Statesman Journal reported.
On social media, critics lashed out at authorities, with some sharing photos of the young black bear on the side of the highway.
“You are just so quick to shoot everything,” one person wrote to the sheriff’s office.
“I am no bear expert but it sounds like a bunch of lazy cold hearted jerks were in charge of this assignment,” another said.
“Unnecessarily cruel,” a critic tweeted.
Jennifer Harrison, who recently visited Hagg Lake with her family, told KOIN that although she’s always wanted to see a bear, she is upset that people feeding and taking photos with the cub resulted in its death.
“They got [the] bear killed and that’s not OK,” Harrison said to the news station. “They tried to do something they thought was a good thing, but it ended up getting the bear killed so please do not feed the bears.”
The sheriff’s office echoed the sentiment for the deceased 100-pound black bear.
“It’s a very sad situation,” police said.

http://cbsnews.com/video/oregon-offi...elfies-with-it
http://torontosun.com/news/world/bea...elfies-with-it
 
pgs
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Saw people feeding a bear on the side of the hwy.3 in Manning Park the other day . Some people never learn .
 
taxslave
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Should have shot the clueless morons taking the selftes. Or let him eat a few of them. THe bear did nothing wrong.
 
MHz
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You do know that when the Forestry has a supper for itself it has all sorts of meat from all parts of the forest, . . . Right??? Cubs are the most tender, apparently.

There should have been an Indian there to tag it as soon as it hit the ground.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

Should have shot the clueless morons taking the selftes. Or let him eat a few of them. THe bear did nothing wrong.

The correct solution would be a trap and relocation. A cub cannot survive on it's own so it would suffer a long painful death after being released. I do not see why there could not be a bear orphanage in some remote location that is online so the 'visitors', that also donate money have access' to 100's of live trail cams.
 
Johnnny
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Bear had to be shot, it was only going to be a matter of time before an incident would occur.
 
MHz
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What were the alternatives mentioned? I seem to have missed them.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

Should have shot the clueless morons taking the selftes. Or let him eat a few of them. THe bear did nothing wrong.

He trusted humans, it got him an early grave.
 
pgs
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

He trusted humans, it got him an early grave.

True .
 
Jinentonix
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Funny that eh? In granola munching, tree hugging, save the planet Oregon, they STILL can't figure out that it's a really bad idea to feed the wildlife.
 
Danbones
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U.S. Corn Planting Is Slowest on Record for This Time of Year
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...west-on-record

WHY IT'S ILLEGAL TO FEED THE HOMELESS IN CITIES ACROSS AMERICA

Lawmakers who back food-sharing bans say that sharing food can lead to the spread of Hepatitis A among the homeless, but homeless advocates say that food-sharing bans are a trend toward criminalizing homelessness.
https://www.newsweek.com/illegal-fee...america-782861


Somehow I see more trouble coming with food and starvation...In some places it's illegal to feed humans too.
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petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

Somehow I see more trouble coming with food and starvation...In some places it's illegal to feed humans too.

It's never wise to feed the feral.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

The correct solution would be a trap and relocation. A cub cannot survive on it's own so it would suffer a long painful death after being released. I do not see why there could not be a bear orphanage in some remote location that is online so the 'visitors', that also donate money have access' to 100's of live trail cams.

There is a bear refuge in Errington.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by pgs View Post

Saw people feeding a bear on the side of the hwy.3 in Manning Park the other day . Some people never learn .

Please euthanase the people.. You can't fix stupid, so just stamp it out..
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

You do know that when the Forestry has a supper for itself it has all sorts of meat from all parts of the forest, . . . Right??? Cubs are the most tender, apparently.
There should have been an Indian there to tag it as soon as it hit the ground.

Your mother should have euthanased you before her 3 months after finding out your father wasn't quick enough pulling out
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Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

The correct solution would be a trap and relocation.

Once you've done that to a tourist, they never come back, though.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

It's never wise to feed the feral.

. . . . somebody erased the . . . 'by hand' part. It should be a saying that applies to the elite that are psychopaths when they fuk up and kill 100M people so they can have HQ in a certain city.
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

Should have shot the clueless morons taking the selftes. Or let him eat a few of them. THe bear did nothing wrong.


A good plan if it was one of the selfie-assholes who it attacked. Unfortunately it likely would have been some innocent bystander nearby.



But they should try each of the selfie assholes for murder of the bear.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Once you've done that to a tourist, they never come back, though.

Not seeing a problem with that.
 
MHz
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Time to throw the bears some Canadian Politicians and Banksters and the psychopaths known as the loco collective.
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by IdRatherBeSkiing View Post

A good plan if it was one of the selfie-assholes who it attacked. Unfortunately it likely would have been some innocent bystander nearby.



But they should try each of the selfie assholes for murder of the bear.

Might as well do the hunters that like selfies of the animals they have killed (from a long way off) too.
 
spilledthebeer
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

The correct solution would be a trap and relocation. A cub cannot survive on it's own so it would suffer a long painful death after being released. I do not see why there could not be a bear orphanage in some remote location that is online so the 'visitors', that also donate money have access' to 100's of live trail cams.




It is only because YOU ARE DELUSIONAL that you dont understand why your ideas wont work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Once a bear associates food with being around people............................................ ........


THE BEAR IS DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


In addition bears are territorial....................................... .............


just WHERE Do you think you are going to RELOCATE A BEAR......................................


WITHOUT DUMPING IT IN THE TERRITORY......................................... ....


of ANOTHER BEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!


Put two bears together and they fight over the food supply.........................................


and one either dies in the fight....................................


OR STARVES AFTER THE FIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


In addition................................


male bears will KILL CUBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


So if you dump a male bear into the territory of a female bear.....................................


you have the chance to kill multiple generations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



It is more humane to get out the gun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!