Troopers kill injured bear in North Pole

Posted: Wednesday, May 28, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) Authorities killed a badly injured black bear that was seen limping near the Richardson Highway in North Pole, Alaska State Troopers said.

A Fish and Wildlife Protection trooper put the bear down about 5 p.m. Monday with a shotgun after it was located in some nearby woods filled with trails. The area is popular with runners, bicyclists, swimmers and fishermen.

Sgt. Scott Quist, who shot the bear, said it was nonaggressive and injured.

An initial examination of the carcass showed that the 2-year-old female's left foreleg was almost useless and had two visible wounds. One of the wounds was badly infected.

Quist said killing a bear is a last resort, but in this case public safety was more important.

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