- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

TETON VILLAGE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming wildlife officials euthanized a black bear after it broke into an occupied house in Teton Village at the base of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

The 3- to 4-year-old male bear, which had earlier been seen looking through windows in the house, broke in through a bathroom window about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, The Jackson Hole News & Guide (https://bit.ly/ZHJuIY ) reported.

The resident told the newspaper they heard a ruckus near the bathroom and spotted the bear forcing open the window. The resident closed the bathroom door and rushed family members into a vehicle outside, where they watched the bear climb through the window.

The bear had left the house through the same window by the time Game & Fish biologist Mike Boyce arrived, agency spokesman Mark Gocke said. “Fortunately they had the foresight to close the door before they left the house, and it prevented it from getting into the rest of the house,” Gocke said.

However, the bear did not flee the area and huffed at Boyce from nearby bushes, leading to his decision to kill it, Gocke said.

The young adult bear was in good health and didn’t have a track record of conflict, Gocke said.

“Sometimes you’ll see bears that are emaciated that will take desperate measures to get food or whatever,” Gocke said. “But this wasn’t the case with this bear.”

Eight black bears, including three cubs, have been removed from the Jackson area this summer. One bear was euthanized after breaking into a cabin. Last week, a grizzly bear that prompted road closures in Grand Teton National Park over the summer was trapped and removed after hanging out in a residential area near Jackson.

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Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, https://www.jhnewsandguide.com


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