- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) - State wildlife officials have euthanized a black bear captured after it wandered into a Tulare County neighborhood looking for food.

The Fresno Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1paFnkH ) it was the second time that the 2-year-old female came near homes, and officials from the Department of Fish and Wildlife determined that the bear would not stay in the wild.

The animal, which weighed about 120 pounds, was cornered and tranquilized before dawn Thursday near an apartment complex in Visalia.

It was previously captured Oct. 12 in Earlimart and relocated to the Sequoia National Forest.

Greg Gerstenberg with Fish and Wildlife says California’s drought is making it hard for bears to find acorns, berries and grass to eat in the wild. Gerstenberg says bears are looking to fatten up before they hibernate during winter months.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, https://www.fresnobee.com

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