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Officials trying to catch bear that keeps wandering into Port Allen neighborhood

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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.

Monday, he was back in the same yard, likely looking for more sweets. Later that night, he was spotted two miles north near the Placid plant, which is where Wildlife and Fisheries set up a trap.

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.

“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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