Bear Euthanized After Third Sighting

By: Meg Rose - Email
By: Meg Rose - Email

SHALIMAR-- Florida Fish and Wildlife officials had to euthanize a bear after it returned to a populated area.

The 350 pound black bear was first sighted back in April in St. Andrews. He was relocated to Apalachicola National Forest.

A few weeks later he returned to St. Andrews, but this time a few blocks away . FWC officials then took the bear to Eglin Air Force Base.

On Monday, he was spotted once again at Shalimar Yacht Basin.
Fish and Wildlife officers finally had to put the bear down.

"When we're dealing with an animal like this that we've moved. Now we've caught him a third time in an urban area. We're really running out of options. And then we always run the risk of a bear coming back to an urban area that's as large as this one running out in traffic and causing an accident," said Stan Kirkland of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Late Friday night, another bear was spotted on Front Beach Road near Club La Vila. Fish and Wildlife officers took the bear to Eglin as well.

A short time later it was hit and killed by a car.


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