Bear killed after it became too friendly to those who fed it

Authorities said once a wild bear has become too accustomed to humans problematic behaviour may occur. Source Twitter WCSO OregonMore

Authorities said once a wild bear has become too accustomed to humans problematic behaviour may occur. Source Twitter WCSO OregonMore

Not to mention, it is illegal for people to scatter food or leave garbage on or camp grounds in an effort to lure animals as human food can cause illness in the wild animals.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) and the Oregon Department of Fish were first alerted to the young male cub's presence in Scoggins Valley Park near Henry Hagg Lake on June 4 through multiple phone calls and social media posts, according to the Salem Statesman Journal.

'While the individuals who put food out for this bear may have had good intentions bears should never, ever be fed.

On Thursday, they found the animal surrounded by a pile of trail mix and sunflower seeds that appeared to have been left behind intentionally by some passersby.

Visitors at a park in the state frequently spotted the bear hanging out near a boat ramp near Hagg Lake and would often take selfies with the animal as well as leave food for it. "They tried to do something they thought was a good thing, but it ended up getting the bear killed so please do not feed the bears".

Experts, including wildlife biologist Kurt Licence, chastised the people who fed the bear and took photographs with the animal, believing the park-goers's actions put everyone in harm's way.

During 32C heat many members of the public had given or left food for the bear and he was constantly seen eating leftovers.

"We're sad to report that the bear was "lethally removed" by the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife on Wednesday morning", it wrote.

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"We got within 20 feet of the bear", Licence told KGW8 News, the local NBC station.

"It was very clear that the animal was way too habituated".

"We are saddened by the outcome for this bear", the Washington County Sheriff's Office tweeted. "With that information, it was a human health and safety risk, and we had to remove it".

The ODFW says it didn't move the bear to another park because it would present a threat to humans wherever it lived.

"Obviously no one wants to see a bear get killed, especially its many human fans. But I think it was the human interaction that ultimately led to its tragic end".

OR has only seen three black bear attacks since 2000, but attacks elsewhere in the country have seen officials act cautiously.

The baby bear had become used to taking selfies with tourists.

"They killed the bear because of human stupidity and ignorance", another added.

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