Black Bear Euthanized in Story

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An adult male black bear was euthanized by Wyoming Game & Fish personnel October 12th after breaking into a shed near a residence in Story.

Game and Fish received a report from a resident in Story on October 11th that his shed had been broken into and damaged, with the carcass of his harvested deer drug away.
Suspecting a black bear, G&F personnel set a trap that evening.

After checking the trap they discovered the bear had an ear tag identifying it as a bear previously caught for nuisance behavior in 2018.
At that time the bear was accessing unsecured garbage and grills at a business in Big Horn and was trapped and relocated near the head of Columbus Creek in the Sawmill Flats area of the northern Bighorns, more than 30 miles from Big Horn.

Because of the previous history of accessing food rewards near humans and because this was the second incident with the bear and because it had become more aggressive in its attempt to get food, the decision was made to euthanize it.

Bears will be active for several more weeks before going into dens for the winter.
They are searching for food resources to increase their body weight in preparation for hibernation.
Area residents should continue to keep garbage, grills, bird feeders, pet food, and other potential food items secured and out of reach of bears.

Any incident involving a bear should be reported as soon as possible to the Wyoming Game & Fish Regional Office in Sheridan at 307-672-7418 during regular business hours or to a local law enforcement agency.