Bear euthanized after foraging in Mammoth Lakes cabins for foods

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MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) -Officials say state authorities
euthanized a black bear that had become brazen about searching for
food in the Mammoth Lakes area after being fed by a local resident.
State Fish and Game officials say the female bear broke into 14
cabins since June in the resort area and foraged in refrigerators
and cupboards. Nine of the cabins were occupied, though no one was
Authorities captured the 175-pound bear, believed to be between
two and three years old, in a baited trap Monday morning before she
was sedated with a tranquilizer dart, put in a cage and euthanized.
A Fish and Game spokesman says a local woman later came forward
to say she had been feeding the bear since it was orphaned years
It is illegal to feed any of the state's 35-thousand black

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