Officials: Bear captured in Port Allen neighborhood euthanized
PORT ALLEN - A bear that made multiple visits to a West Baton Rouge neighborhood this past week was euthanized, officials said Wednesday.
Wildlife and Fisheries agents captured the black bear late Tuesday night.
On Sunday, the 200-pound male bear sat up in a tree for the entire day, even after Wildlife and Fisheries agents tried to tranquilize it. Around 9 p.m., it climbed down to snack on some cinnamon buns left on the ground and disappeared into the night.
Wildlife and Fisheries confirmed Wednesday morning that the bear had been lured into a trap and captured. Though the department previously said it planned to relocate the bear to the Atchafalaya Basin, LDWF said Wednesday that the animal became "too reliant on human food sources."
The department had the bear killed.
LDWF says it was a "last-minute decision" and that the bear "had become habituated and too reliant on human food sources" https://t.co/oK598OhOe3— Bess Casserleigh (@BCasserleigh) April 28, 2021
“We’ve worked so hard to re-establish the Louisiana black bear population in our state and any time we have to euthanize one it is a hard decision,’’ LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said. “This is always a last resort in these cases. Unfortunately, bears like this one, that have become too dependent on human food sources, cannot be successfully relocated. Public safety is our utmost concern and that’s why this difficult call was made.’’
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