TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A well-known bear nicknamed Pedals may have been killed this last week during a hunt in New Jersey.
It appears a hunter shot the bear as part of a controversial bow-and-arrow hunt, which has upset people who not only live in the area but globally as the story has gone viral.
“Every time I think about it it makes me sick to my stomach. It’s horrible,” said Chris Fox, who lives in the neighborhood, to CBS News. “Because he’s an innocent bear minding his own business, just searching for food. Never got into trouble, never harmed anybody and you have this idiot who tracked him to hunt him, to kill him.”
Pedals got his nickname for walking upright like a person.
Wildlife experts say Pedals had injuries to his front paws, which is why he spent very little time walking on all fours.
New Jersey Fish and Wildlife officials said they may never be able to positively identify they bear as Pedals, since he was never tagged.
The hunter has not been named.
More than 430 bears were killed in the first legal bow-and-arrow hunt in New Jersey in four decades.
Another bear hunt will take place in December.