- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A brown bear that was accidentally shot by a local police officer in southeast Alaska last month has been killed by National Park Service personnel.

Anchorage television station KTVA reports (https://bit.ly/2aE96ib) the bear was killed Saturday, a day after people in the Dyea area near Skagway reported seeing a limping bear. The park service says in a release that it was decided to put the bear down after it was found with a “dead’ hind leg. Officials say the bear could not put any weight on the leg, and it didn’t seem to fear people.

Officials say the bear was later found to have a broken femur and dislocated hip.

The brown bear was accidentally shot July 16 with a real bullet by a Skagway police officer who had been trying to use non-lethal means against the animal at a campground.

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Information from: KTVA-TV, https://www.ktva.com


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