California FWD Euthanized Black Bear

Officials Unable To Tranquilize After Repeated Attempts

California Dept. Of Fish & Wildlife, Bear Hunting Magazine

A black bear that came into Visalia from Bakersfield was shot and killed in a cornfield late Wednesday night. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife was called Wednesday afternoon when workers tending to a nearby field saw the black bear cross from one corn field to another.

State game wardens set traps and lured the bear out around 10:30pm. They tried to tranquilize the bear with darts but were unsuccessful. After multiple failed attempts, game wardens shot the bear to ensure public safety. Because the bear acted aggressively towards the wardens and because of concerns for the safety those in the area, they felt the need to euthanize the animal at that time.

The 150-pound black bear was the same bear that was first spotted in Bakersfield in early May. At the time, Fish and Wildlife officers tranquilized the bear and relocated him about 100 miles away. Their intentions Wednesday were to do the same thing until it proved to not be a viable option any longer.

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