- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens and biologists have captured and euthanized a black bear that was found at a south Billings elementary school playground.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://goo.gl/kxJ0oZ ) that officials say it was killed Monday because it had become acclimated to people and dependent on garbage. They say attempts to scare it out of town were unsuccessful.

No children were outside when the bear found its way to the playground Monday, but a school staff member saw the animal and called authorities.

Officials say residents should be careful to clean and lock up anything a bear may consider food, including garbage, bird feeders and apples. Bears can become more aggressive in their search for food as hibernation approaches.

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Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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