Seven bears in Montana were euthanized after it was found out that these bears were being fed by a woman and now posed a threat to humans
Seven bears in Montana were euthanized over a short period of a week after it emerged that they were being fed by a woman and were now used to being fed like this. Bears, who are fed routinely, pose a huge risk to humans as there is a high possibility that they attack other humans in search of food. Due to this reason, seven bears were put to death in Montana and the news has really startled the people there. Even though, the killing of bears for the sake of protection of humans is not an unlikely event in Montana, seven bears is still quite a high number. The bears included two cubs as well and even they were quite used to being fed by humans.
The person responsible for feeding these bears is a resident of Montana, identified as Barbara Sweeney. The woman talked to news-reporters saying that she had been feeding these bears for a number of years and had been doing that to teach them how to survive in the wild.
"I taught them to run from outfitters and pickups," said Barbara Sweeney according to a report by msnbc.com, who added that she and her late husband had run an animal refuge at their property for 22 years. "I taught them how to hibernate, too," she said. "People have known I've been doing this for years" and without any problems, she added. "If they would have said something, I would have stopped."
The euthanized bears included one black bear weighing 485 pounds and one female bear weighing nearly 300 pounds. The unusually heavy weight of these black bears showed that they were being fed by someone.
According to Lee Anderson, a warden with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks department, they did not want to kill all these bears, but no zoo was ready to take them and eventually they had to be euthanized.
"It would be irresponsible to release these potentially dangerous bears somewhere else when the bears are in such a food-conditioned state," said Department Wildlife Manager Jim Williams.
The corpses of the bears were buried in a landfill so that they could not come in contact with humans.