A young black bear was shot and kill*d by wildlife authorities after the creature became too used to humans taking selfies with him.
Authorities got various calls about a similar young male bear and saw social media posts of the public posing with the wild animal.
Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon Department of Fish started getting calls from around June 4 about the bear at the famous Scoggins Valley Park close Henry Hagg Lake.
During 90-degree heat many members of the public had given or left food for the bear and he was continually observed eating remains. On Tuesday evening delegates got two calls about the 100lb bear after large crowds were drawn to the area for boating.
Authorities posted a tweet cautioning people, in general, to stay away from the animal and the area in general along with pictures of the bear.
Wildlife specialist Kurt License and Doug Kitchen attempted to trap and relocate the bear but he was discovered eating mix, sunflower seeds, and cracked corn. Several piles of food were left out in the road for the bear and he reportedly did not run away when wildlife officials approached.
Deputies are working to get this bear cub near Hagg Lake to go back into the woods… please stay away from the area near Boat Ramp A. pic.twitter.com/tI8m5yTbyk
— WCSO Oregon (@WCSOOregon) June 13, 2019
License told OregonLive: ‘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.’
According to daily mail:
On another occasion the bear was seen near the boat ramp and deputies were able to get the animal to go back into the woods. But as he did not attempt to run away when License and Kitchen moved towards him indicated he had become too used to human interactions and posed a danger to anyone who could come into contact with him in the future.
Rick Swart of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said: if the bear had not been habituated to humans the animal could have been relocated, as others have been in the past.
Deputy Brian van Kleef of the Washington County Sheriff’s office said: ‘We’re sad it ended this way. ‘Obviously, no one wants to see a bear get kill*d, especially its many human fans. But I think it was the human interaction that ultimately led to its tragic end.’