Black bear: Shoot to kill
June 29, 2011
Department of Fish and Game officials have decided that a black bear, the subject of repeated sightings around San Luis Drive, needs to be caught and euthanized. [KSBY]
A resident on Andrews Street, who claims the bear has been a threat to his home for three straight days, signed the required permit. Under state law, the bear, if captured, must now be euthanized.
Officials set up a metal trap for the bear, using chicken and fish as bait. As of Tuesday night, the animal had not been captured.
The bear is responsible for the death of several chickens in the upscale neighborhood by San Luis Obispo High School.
Some of the local residents formed a small protest group Tuesday night to urge that the bear not be killed, but they were persuaded by other homeowners that the bear was indeed a threat.
Experts suggest that removing the bear to another location would be futile since the animal would likely return to the original location in a short amount of time.