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March 1, 2021
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Battle Creek police shoot bear who strays far from home
(wgvu) - BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - Battle Creek police have killed a
black bear that state officials believe wandered out of the wilds
and well beyond its usual comfort zone.
The Battle Creek Enquirer reports Officer Troy Gilleylen was
looking for the victim of a domestic assault early Friday when he
shined his patrol car spotlight down a street and saw the bear. He
tried to get a closer look, but the bear ran away.
Police say they shot the animal four times but it kept
disappearing. They followed drops of blood on the pavement to the
wounded bear and killed it.
State Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Jeff
Goss says the roughly 250-pound bear will be taken to Lansing for
tests. Goss says bears migrate to the southern part of the state,
but he believes this is the first to get this far south.
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