A black bear who was being offered food by well-meaning people has been killed. According to a release from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), the black bear had been seen next to a popular boat ramp at Henry Hagg Lake numerous times over the past week.
On Thursday morning, responding wildlife officials found the bear eating trail mix, sunflower seeds, cracked corn, and other foodstuffs left next to the highway near the intersection of Scoggins Valley Road and Herr Road approximately one mile to entrance of Scoggins Valley Park. The bear was brought to the attention of law enforcement because of people who had been taking selfies with it and posting the images to social media.
ODFW explained why the bear was killed, instead of relocated:
ODFW does not translocate bears that have been habituated to humans because these animals are much more likely to have dangerous interactions with humans in the future.
Kurt Licence stated:
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.
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.
“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.”
(Image of black bear via Pixabay)
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