An adult Louisiana black bear captured earlier this week was euthanized because it had become accustomed and too dependent on human food sources, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries staff said.
The 200-pound bear was captured by LDWF on Tuesday night in Port Allen. He first appeared in Port Allen on Saturday and returned to the neighborhood on Tuesday, rummaging through garbage cans and porches for food.
LDWF is working to educate the public on removing all of the attractants that have caused bears to stray in areas populated by humans, but officials say some are becoming dangerously accustomed to humans, as in this case .
“We have worked so hard to restore the Louisiana black bear population to our state and every time we have to euthanize one it’s a tough decision,” said LDWF secretary Jack Montoucet. case. Unfortunately, bears like this, which have become too dependent on human food sources, cannot be successfully moved. Public safety is our greatest concern and that is why this difficult appeal has been made. “
When a bear has learned to access human-made foods associated with residential areas, it can cause behavioral progression that becomes a risk to human safety, according to LDWF. This particular bear “demonstrated dangerous behaviors in its search for human-made food, which is why the decision was made to euthanize the bear.”
Here are some LDWF practices that will limit human-bear conflict:
Never feed or approach bears.
Secure food, garbage and recycling.
Remove bird feeders when bears are active.
Never leave pet food outdoors.
Clean and store barbecue grills.
Let your neighbors know if you see bears in your area.
For more information on preventing human / bear conflict, click here.
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