Officer kills 600-pound bear who reportedly charged him, wildlife official |

Officer kills 600-pound bear who reportedly charged him, wildlife official

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – Law enforcement officials shot and killed a 600-pound male black bear who apparently charged a wildlife official and a deputy Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

According to a press release from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were assisting Nevada Department of Wildlife Biologist Carl Lackey and a pair of bear dogs at about 3:30 p.m. in trying to remove the bear from a crawl space at a condominium complex at 400 Fairview Way when he “charged at one of the deputies.”

“Lackey attempted to tranquilize the animal under the building but the bear charged at him,” the release reads. “He then used bear spray and the dogs to get the animal out of the space. The bear came out and Lackey shot one tranquilizer dart into his shoulder.”

The release continues: “Within seconds the bear charged at a deputy that was stationed nearby causing him to fall. The bear rushed over the deputy when he fired a shotgun round striking and killing the bear.”

The animal was known to NDOW as a problem bear, the release reads, and officials had made several attempts to capture him over the past few years because he was known to break in to residences.

According to a report from the Associated Press, the bear was not the 700-pound bruin that reportedly broke into numerous homes and garages last year, causing more than $70,000 in damage.

Check back with on Wednesday for more to this story.

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