October 31, 2014
VISALIA, Calif. (AP) - A bear that spent five days in the farmlands of the San Joaquin Valley has been shot and killed by state wildlife agents.
Janice Mackey of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife tells KSFN-TV Thursday that agents were trying to keep the bear from a residential area in Visalia and had intended to tranquilize it. But when dogs found it the bear became violent, and agents had to shoot and kill it for their own safety.
The 150-pound black bear had spent five days in cornfields and orchards outside Visalia.
Wildlife officials say the same bear was tranquilized some 80 miles away in Bakersfield last month and returned to the wild.
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