Officials kill black bear near Tacoma base

Agents say they think it's the same bear that attacked a civilian Joint Base Lewis-McChord employee last week

FILE - In this Wednesday Aug. 1, 2007 file photo, a black bear is seen in Lyme, N.H. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday Aug. 1, 2007 file photo, a black bear is seen in Lyme, N.H. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, File)

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Washington state wildlife agents have shot and killed a black bear at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a sprawling military base near Tacoma, Washington. Agents say they think it’s the same bear that attacked a civilian base employee last week.

KOMO-TV reports that wildlife agents with dogs had been looking for the bear since last Thursday’s attack. They came upon a bear Tuesday and tried to tree it so it could be tranquilized. However, the agents say that the bear instead turned aggressively on the dogs so the agents decided to shoot the 300-pound animal.

The employee was attacked as he was running with his own dog along Engineer Bluff in the Lewis Main training area. He was taken to Madigan Army Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Agents say they’ll test the bear’s fur to see if it matches fur found on the man’s clothing. The animal will also be tested for rabies.

 

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