Police shoot, kill black bear in Seaside

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(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

SEASIDE, Calif. (AP) — A state fish and wildlife official says he will not second-guess police officers’ decision to shoot and kill a black bear that was running loose in a Central California coastal town.

Don Kelly told The Herald of Monterey that wildlife officials consider everything from letting the animal wander back into its natural habitat to using a tranquilizer gun in such situations. But the police’s priority is public safety.

The 300-pound bear was shot with rifles in the backyard of a Seaside home early Monday.

Seaside police Cmdr. Judy Stradan said police from her agency and two others had tried to keep the bear in a park, but it ran down a street and began jumping fences in a heavily populated neighborhood.

The animal was estimated to be 3 years old.

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