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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department euthanized a black bear in Evanston on June 3. Photo: WGFD

SWEETWATER COUNTY, Wyo. – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department euthanized a black bear in Evanston on June 3 after the bear received multiple food rewards and showed little fear of human presence. It marks the second black bear put down by authorities in Wyoming in a span of four days after an adult male black bear was killed in Kelly for multiple home break-ins, as reported by the Jackson Hole Daily.

“Relocation was not an option for either bear. Relocating a bear that is habituated to humans would only move a high-risk bear to another location,” Game and Fish said.

Several residents of the Grass Valley area sighted and reported the bear on May 30. It had tipped multiple garbage cans and fed on the contents. Over the next several days, the bear was briefly seen wandering residential areas in Evanston and continued to feed from trash containers.

On the morning of June 3, the bear was seen pulling planks of fencing from a residence and then climbing through the fence. Several juveniles who were in a tent in a backyard then witnessed the bear climbing another fence into the neighbor’s yard.

“The key to preventing conflicts with bears is to prevent bears from becoming food-conditioned by securing attractants like human food, pet and livestock foods, garbage, or birdseed,” Game and Fish stated. “If a bear is frequenting your property or is exhibiting unnatural behaviors, report it to the nearest office, local game warden or wildlife biologist, or Game and Fish dispatch at 1-877-WGFD-TIP.