Police in NE Ohio kill black bear seen as threat

UNIONTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Police in northeast Ohio have killed a 210-pound black bear that officers feared was a threat to area residents.

The Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/14eEBC3U ) reports the young male was killed Thursday night with four shots from a rifle.

Uniontown Police Chief Harold Britt says officers first tried coaxing the bear out of a residential area.

But Britt says the bear was shot after it turned and tried to move back to the neighborhood. He says the bear was wandering through backyards while a lot of people were outdoors.

Black bears are a state-endangered species and are protected by state law. But an Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman says officers must act when people are at risk.

The department received 224 sightings last year for an estimated 93 black bears.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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