Mother bear, cubs killed after breaking into West Shore home |

Mother bear, cubs killed after breaking into West Shore home

A female bear and her two cubs that had been plundering West Shore homes were killed Thursday afternoon.

The 200-pound female bruin and her two 7-month-old, 65-pound cubs attempted to break into their last house in the Meeks Bay area Wednesday night, when the resident of the home shot and wounded the rogue sow.

Patrick Foy, Department of Fish and Game information officer, would not release the name of the male resident but said he was issued a depredation permit authorizing him to kill the bear because it had broken into his house before and caused damage.

Foy said the man caught the bear trying to pull off plywood that covered the hole the cubs had broken into on their previous heist.

Foy said the resident only injured the mama bear who ran into the forest with her cubs. The resident called Fish and Game to find the bears, but the officers had to stop their search Wednesday due to darkness.

Resuming the search Thursday morning, Foy said Fish and Game tracked the three bruins down a mile away from the house where the mother was shot.

He said the three bears were put down by noon on Thursday in a desolated, rugged area.

“The cubs were well beyond rehabilitation,” Foy said. “They had learned from their mother that they needed to find food from a human source instead of the wild.”

Foy said the bears were left there for other animals to scavenge.

“That’s the best way to duplicate what happens in the wild,” he said.

BEAR League Director Anne Bryant was informed of the bears’ deaths on Friday afternoon. Bryant said she thought it was unfortunate the bears had to die but said she believed Fish and Game did the right thing.

“With the way it all played out, (Fish and Game) probably did all they could do,” Bryant said. “We all knew we were going to lose her.”

Bryant said the nursing cubs would not have been releasable, nor could they have been taken out alive because the mother was injured.

She said only a few residents know about the deaths, but said they were disappointed.

“People are just starting to hear about it,” she said. “They are really sad.”

Bryant said she hopes people learn not to feed bears from this incident. She said the rogue sow had been fed by construction workers when she was young.

“She didn’t die in vain, if she taught people not to feed bears,” Bryant said. “Maybe she came to teach us that. She was a beautiful, beautiful bear.”

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