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.