Because the animal was habituated to human beings, it was touted to be a human health and safety risk. This allegedly left the officials with no choice but to "remove it".
Being too friendly seems to be a crime, as a 100-pound black bear was killed by Oregon state officials on Thursday because they feared that the animal had become too accustomed to human beings. The bear was said to be only 2 or 3 years old, according to the Statesman Journal. The bear had become habituated to being fed by humans that they could often get close enough to the bear to click a picture with the animal. And, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. on June 4, just days before its death, the animal was spotted in close proximity to humans at Scoggins Valley Park in Oregon's Washington County.
Deputies are working to get this bear cub near Hagg Lake to go back into the woods... please stay away from the area near Boat Ramp A. pic.twitter.com/tI8m5yTbyk— WCSO Oregon (@WCSOOregon) June 13, 2019
Again, on the following Tuesday, the bear was spotted in the same area, which caused at least two people to call into the Washington County Sheriff's Office about the animal. Local police also took to social media to ask residents to be vigilant and stay away from the area as much as they can avoid. Deputies are working to get this bear cub near Hagg Lake to go back into the woods... please stay away from the area near Boat Ramp A: the tweet from Washington County Sheriff's Office said.
would it have been impossible to relocate him? what kind of gun happy maniac felt it was best to just kill this bear instead? sick!— MARVIN SCHEINMAN (@MARVINSCHEINMAN) June 16, 2019
It is highly likely that the bear had been interacting with humans since birth, and if someone has to be held responsible for feeding the animal then chances are, the large boating crowds that had visited the area recently are to be blamed. Also, the bear was spotted on Thursday "eating trail mix, sunflower seeds, and cracked corn" farther away from Scoggins Valley Park along with other food that seemed to have been left behind intentionally by people.
Bear comes up to people waving, happy, thinking he'll get feed for the 700th+ time, "Experts" suggest he's a cold blooded killer, and may sneak and terrorize peoples granola bars, so the best idea is to kill it.. Bear too aggressive = kill it.. Bear becomes Happy Vegan = kill it— Kenneth Reed (@RealKennethReed) June 18, 2019
Kurt License, a wildlife biologist, said that the bear did not even flinch a little when people walked up to it as it ate. "It was very clear that the animal was way too habituated," License said. "With that information, it was a human health and safety risk, and we had to remove it." On Friday, Oregon state officials confirmed via Twitter that they had killed the bear as it posed a serious threat.
Unfortunately, yes. This was a tough decision the wildlife experts at the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife had to make for the safety of everyone. Relocation wasn't an option in this case. Humans shouldn't feed wild bears. It's a very sad situation.— WCSO Oregon (@WCSOOregon) June 14, 2019
The tweet said: This was a tough decision the wildlife experts at the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife had to make for the safety of everyone. Relocation wasn't an option in this case. Humans shouldn't feed wild bears. It's a very sad situation. Rick Swart, a member of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the decision was influenced by past cases in which habituated bears were relocated and placed into even more dangerous situations than where they came from.
This makes me fucking sick to my stomach. This bear could have easily been relocated to a sanctuary. These “experts” should be dropped in the wild and made to fend for themselves like this bear was doing. Let’s see how they fare against a bear without their guns......— T D (@behindthelens31) June 18, 2019
Deputy Brian van Kleef from the Washington County Sheriff's Office said that the team is "sad it ended this way." "Obviously no one wants to see a bear get killed, especially its many human fans," he said. "But I think it was the human interaction that ultimately led to its tragic end." Not everyone could see eye to eye on the decision that was made here. A user named Chris wrote: Why was relocation not an option? It couldn't have been taken to a zoo or wildlife reserve? Why did killing him have to be the only solution? This is such a disgusting thing.
The wildlife experts from the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife say that wasn't a viable option in this case. We are saddened by the outcome for this bear.— WCSO Oregon (@WCSOOregon) June 14, 2019
Chloe added: Yet there has been no actual reason given as to why the option to send this bear to a sanctuary was not viable. Just saying it doesn't cut it. Why isn't more being done to protect these beautiful beings? Oh let me guess, not enough funds right. So it's cheaper to shoot him instead. Another user called The Tourist added: yeah, tough decision. Kill it so we don't have to deal with it in a creative way. See how easy we made it?
Especially a cub. He may have just lost his mama, and then this happens.— Neena (@TortieMom) June 18, 2019
The real problem, though, is human encroachment on the wilderness. Where can the wild ones live? We are already entering a sixth extinction period.