(ConservativeHub.com) – In the state of Washington, police officers shot a bear dead after they received numerous calls saying there was one walking across a populated area of Moxee, according to Newsweek.
The police report specifically noted that the bear had been moving toward a business with people in it before the officer arrived at the location. At first, they proceeded to monitor the bear for a while with the help of authorities from the Fish and Wildlife Department and from the local Sheriff’s Office.
The Moxee Police Department noted that after the consultation, it was determined that it would be best if the bear was shot because of how densely populated the area it was moving through was.
In Washington state, black and brown bears are the only types of bears that appear. Brown bears are usually larger on all fours, ranging from 3 to 5 feet, and have humped blacks, curved claws, and steeper snout bridges. Black bears on the other hand rarely grow beyond 3.5 feet, Newsweek reports.
There is also a big difference in the number of bears in the state, with 20,000 black bears living in Washington, while brown bears are considered a state-endangered species. The animal shot by the Moxee authorities was a brown bear.
Many users criticized the police station for killing the bear, claiming that it was a shame to kill the animal when in reality it was likely going to move away if it was scared by a loud voice. Others also said that the bear was not inside the city center and as such should not have been shot.
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