It took three shots with a tranquilizer gun to finally down a bear Friday in Lakewood, WA when the furry black beast continued to jump over fences, walk through yards and lollygag across a school playground.
It proved to be quite a challenge for Washington Fish and Wildlife agents to finally contain the 4-year-old, 230 pound black bear which had a healthy layer of fat causing a delay in the drug to get into it's system.
"We don't know how much got in," said Sgt. Ted Jackson.
All went well once the animal finally became drowsy. It later ended up being released into the wild, according to King 5 News in Seattle.
But it leaves a good question for those upset with Ohio's police who shot and killed 48 animals in an effort to keep the community safe after the owner released them and then killed himself.
Were the authorities in Zanesville, Ohio right in killing all the animals?
Many animal advocates were distressed, upset and outraged over the killing of the tigers, lions, bears and other animals that Terry Thompson was formerly keeping on his farm.
But police and Jack Hannah insisted it was in the best interests of the public to destroy the animals stating that tranquilizers don't always work or cause the animals to slow down right away.
The public outcry continued anyway citing the police should have waited--they acted too quickly.
In light of Friday's event in Washington State--it sure makes me wonder, as I too was upset over all the impulsive hunting of the wild cats and other animals.
Were Ohio authorities right?
I'm starting to think my anger could have been unjustified---what do you think?