- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

WOODINVILLE, Wash. (AP) - A 360-pound bear that had been rummaging through garbage cans in a Woodinville neighborhood couldn’t resist the doughnuts used as bait in a Fish and Wildlife Department trap.

The trap was put out last week and the bear was inside Sunday. The bear was tranquilized and tagged and left inside for a day just to make it feel uncomfortable.

KIRO reports (http://bit.ly/1k6V3gm ) agents moved the bear back into the woods and released it Monday afternoon with a firecracker and rubber bullet send-off to discourage its return.

Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Kim Chandler told The Seattle Times (http://bit.ly/1lsNIaJ ) the department has received 322 calls about bear problems this year and about 10 of those bears have been captured.

He says garbage cans and bird feeders often draw bears into a neighborhood.



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