Prowling bear killed and identified
June 30, 2011
The black bear that has been pillaging chicken coops in a San Luis Obispo neighborhood near San Luis Obispo High School for the last week is dead. [Tribune]
A federal trapper killed the bear during a late night stake out Tuesday in the San Luis Drive neighborhood after earlier attempts to pepper ball the bear failed to deter the 250 pound animal.
State Fish and Game Department officials confirmed with the Tribune that chicken parts and feathers were found in the digestive system of the 3-year-old black bear leading them to believe they killed the right animal.
While there was some public criticism for the decision to kill the 3-year-old animal rather than tranquilize and relocate it, Fish and Game officials said that in the past the alternative has not proven to be an effective option and the need for public safety outweighed the life of the bear.
The department said they believed the bear’s behavior of marauding near people would likely have escalated into homes in its search for food.