Wildlife officers kill 5 black bears who got accustomed to people

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on June 29, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 30 at 7:46 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington state wildlife officials say five black bears that were being fed by people on the Long Beach Peninsula had to be euthanized because they were too used to people.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said Tuesday that agency officers and biologists relocated five other bears to Mount Rainier National Park. Meat from the euthanized bears was donated to an area food program.

Officials say most of the feeding was done at one house in Oysterville, where the resident told officers about spending $4,000 a year on dog food to feed the bears.

Neighbors called for help when increasingly more bears showed up looking for food.

Officials say that bears that are too habituated to people are potentially dangerous and cannot be relocated.

Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife: Living with bears

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