Second Jackson-area Bear Euthanized

Jackson, WY – Wyoming Game and Fish Department officials were forced to euthanize another black bear in the Jackson Hole area last week. The agency had received several reports of the bear getting into bird feeders and garbage around Wilson. Game and Fish Bear Management officer Eric Shorma says the animal was a danger because she lost her fear of humans. Shorma says the second bear to be put down this year is disappointing because everything that causes habituation can be avoided. She says his agency is trying to use Teton county's wildlife feeding ban as a way to encourage residents to be more careful with garbage and birdfeeders. He says the feeding ban prevents residents to have things such as bird feeders in areas where bears and other wildlife can easily access them.