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DNR euthanizes bear

From the Michigan DNR Facebook page

Since late May 2021, a 500-pound male black bear has been roaming residential neighborhoods in Traverse City. The bear in question was trapped, radio-collared and relocated to a remote area near Alpena in April of 2021. The bear quickly found its way back to Traverse City. Since then, the bear’s behavior has become increasingly bold. It has been raiding bird feeders, fruit trees, apiaries and trash cans and has damaged property. The bear has also been moving closer to downtown areas. 

Because of this escalating behavior and the bear’s comfort around humans and human food sources, and because relocation has proved ineffective, the DNR humanely euthanized the bear (on Thursday, September 23) in the interest of public safety. 

While we look to preserve wildlife populations as much as possible, our primary concern in these matters is human safety and we believe—based on behavior and history—this bear could pose a threat to human welfare. This was a difficult decision to make and the DNR weighed all options before settling on this solution. 

The hide and skull of the bear will be donated to a local educational facility.

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