STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Wildlife officials in Colorado have killed a bear near Meeker after previously relocating it from Steamboat Springs. The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports that Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers killed the bear Monday after it disturbed a farmer’s beehive.

Officers relocated the 2-year-old cinnamon-colored black bear on April 8 after the animal got into several residential dumpsters downtown.

(credit: Kevin Dietrich)

Officers tranquilized the bear after it approached a day care center.

Steamboat resident Kevin Dietrich captured several photos of the bear.

“Such a great looking bear. Lock up the trash fellow downtown residents,” Dietrich wrote on Facebook.

(credit: Kevin Dietrich)

Steamboat area wildlife manager Kris Middledorf says this is the first bear the agency has killed in the state this year. Middledorf says days like Monday, where wildlife officials have to put down an animal, are “the worst.”

(credit: Matt Helm)

Middledorf urges residents to be vigilant about securing their trash and other wildlife attractants.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Comments (2)
  1. Diane Duggan Hopkins says:

    NOT euthanized! Murdered, killed whatever! Definition of euthanasia
    : the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (such as persons or animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy, EUTHANIZED is done for mercy for the animal. NOT for convenience! Journalist please stop using the word EUTHANIZED!

  2. Kelly Sweeney says:

    Killing the bear was a despicable act. Is it any wonder the general public has zero respect for your wildlife officials? Clearly this bear emerged from hibernation in a state of starvation. If that was MY beehive, I would say, let the bear have it! Absolutely despicable what was done to that poor animal.

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