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.

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The Town of Mammoth Lakes has a program to retrain the bears to avoid town instead of killing them. Maybe SLO could implement a similar program.

Maybe the SLO City Council will approve 5-10k in “public arts funding,” and we can have the bear stuffed and mounted. I say we mount it in an upright position, with it’s front paws holding a plastic chicken pointed toward the sky. We can name it “Oh Great Urban Sprawl Spirit” and place it next to the stupid praying Indian on south Higuera at Prado.

Didn’t we go through this before? Just taint a chicken and leave it accessable to the bear. It will wonder off like it just ate rat poison and got exceptionally thirsty. Or shoot it up and let it die when asleep. Or let one of our local heros shoot it. Best get rid of it quick, soon it will be eating a child. Then what do the tree huggers say? “Well you shouldn’t have left your kid out!” Get a life! I guess you could move it to the Atrashcadero zoo. I heard that they have enlarged it.

I thought the bears around here were protected because there aren’t that many? And I agree, they are killing it!

Nothing is sacred (or “protected”) when it threatens uppity SoCal refugees in million-dollar hillside homes.

The density of the local bear population is somewhat debatable. I am inclined to think that there are plenty but couldn’t prove it beyond reasonable doubt. However, there are certainly enough to survive the loss of one and this one is becoming more troublesome. If the cops’ treatment of it this last time isn’t enough to discourage future raids, it should be killed for exactly the reasons given.

btw….I got dibs on the skin. I want a new rug for my den.

I will put it right next to my tiger and great white on the floor in my office. Nice conversation pieces.

Euthanasia – “the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy.”

Officials are not planning to euthanize the bear, they are planning to kill it.

People living on the wilderness boundaries should be responsible enough to eliminate convenient food sources for wildlife. Either that or move somewhere else.

“Victims” indeed…

That’s true. Plus, once they have a taste for chicken, that’s it. You have to move it far away or put it down. Same thing goes for dogs or any other meat-loving animal. Chickens just taste that good.

(from The Matrix):

Tank: Here you go, buddy; “Breakfast of Champions.”

Mouse: If you close your eyes, it almost feels like you’re eating runny eggs.

Apoc: Yeah, or a bowl of snot.

Mouse: Do you know what it really reminds me of? Tasty Wheat. Did you ever eat Tasty Wheat?

Switch: No, but technically, neither did you.

Mouse: That’s exactly my point. Exactly. Because you have to wonder: how do the machines know what Tasty Wheat tasted like? Maybe they got it wrong. Maybe what I think Tasty Wheat tasted like actually tasted like oatmeal, or tuna fish. That makes you wonder about a lot of things. You take chicken, for example: maybe they couldn’t figure out what to make chicken taste like, which is why chicken tastes like everything.