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Black bear euthanized after capture in Rock Springs

SWEETWATER COUNTY, Wyo. — Wyoming Game and Fish confirmed it has euthanized a black bear captured in the Rock Springs area earlier this week.

On Sept. 15, personnel from Game and Fish responded to a report of a black bear on the west side of Rock Springs near White Mountain Road. The bear was captured and taken to the Department’s Green River office for evaluation.

The adult female black bear was old and in extremely poor body condition. While it is unknown whether the bear received any food rewards, it likely wandered into town looking for easy sources of food.

Given the bear’s age, emaciated condition, and the time of the year, it is highly unlikely that it would survive the winter. The bear’s behavior around humans also indicated a very high likelihood of future conflict potential. Based on those factors, it was decided that the ethical and humane action was to euthanize the bear.

Department personnel thanked those from the Rock Springs Animal Control, Sweetwater County Animal Control, Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, and the Rock Springs Police Department for their assistance in capturing the bear and keeping everyone safe.

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