Black bear raids third San Luis Obispo chicken coop
June 28, 2011
A black bear with a history of eating backyard chickens in San Luis Obispo is facing the threat of euthanasia. [KCOY]
On Sunday, during the bear’s fourth trip to SLO in less than two weeks, it broke into another chicken coop. Police again fired pepper balls at the bear in order to drive it out of the neighborhood and back into the mountain range on the north side of San Luis Obispo.
The latest victim of the bears foraging applied for a depredation permit which allows the U.S. Department of Agriculture to set a bear trap.
Officials plan to euthanize the bear, if they trap it.
“We don’t move bears especially ones that have already gotten into problems and this one we already know is tied into chickens anyway and then on the other end of it, you know, we can’t move a bear far enough that it’s not going to end up coming back,” said Bob Stafford, a Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist to KCOY.