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Bear shot and killed near Marion

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

A black bear that hassled campers near Hoyts Peak was killed by wildlife officers in mid-July, the authorities said.

The young male bear with brownish fur had taken snacks from a food trailer at a youth camp east of Marion, said Bruce Johnson, a state Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officer.

The bear was first spotted at the campground for girls July 15 at 6:17 p.m.

"This bear was habituated to humans. It had gotten food several times," Johnson said.

Because it repeatedly visited the popular campsite, Johnson said the black bear was determined to be dangerous.

"We were able to track it with dogs from the camp immediately after it had gotten food from a food trailer," said Johnson, adding that the bear was destroyed around midnight after officers tried unsuccessfully to trap it. "It took us an hour or so and we finally ended up treeing the bear and the bear was shot and killed."

Officers found granola bar wrappers inside the animal’s stomach.

"It’s unfortunate that the incident occurred, and the outcome was that way, because of our lack of understanding One hour after we left that site, a bear had been in the camp and had gotten food out of the food trailer because they did not secure the food," Johnson said. "We’ve got to get smarter in how we interact with wildlife."

The bear was the first killed by officers in Summit County this summer, Johnson said.

Meanwhile, an Oakley woman was up close and personal with a black bear when the creature was spotted in her yard July 19 at 10:52 p.m.

People were camping and riding all terrain vehicles in the area at the time, the woman told a Summit County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher.

But the bear was gone when officers arrived.

"They did have garbage cans out unsecured and they did have hummingbird feeders out," Johnson said. "That’s the worst thing in the world."

A multi-day search did not reveal the bear.

"We’ve had other sightings from across the county and no human injuries on any of those," Johnson said about other bears seen by people.


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