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Wildlife officer kills black bear



Published: Tue, July 10, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



ASHTABULA -- What state officials described as a "marauding" black bear was shot and killed by a wildlife officer Sunday.

The Ohio Division of Wildlife said Monday the 180-pound bear, estimated to be about 18 months old, had yellow ear tags identifying it as the bear that was moved from Mahoning County to a remote area just last month.

Officials say it is not unusual for a bear to travel up to 20 miles a day.

Sunday was the second time this bear was caught roaming in a populated area, indicating it had lost much of its fear of humans. The officer determined that the bear posed a significant risk, the division said.

Black bear sightings are becoming more common in Ohio. Officials ask that anyone seeing one take a photo of it, if possible, and notify the division.

People should keep a safe distance and not leave food for it.




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