Jun 10, 2015 5:20 PM by News Staff
Department of Fish and Wildlife officials were forced to euthanize a 300 pound California black bear roaming through South Oroville Wednesday.
Wildlife officials were forced to euthanize the bear near Virginia Avenue after it moved into a populated area of south Oroville and posed a significant threat to residents, livestock, and property.
The bear was originally spotted Tuesday night near the outskirts of Chico and Oroville, and by Wednesday morning reports were coming in that it had moved into residential areas of Oroville.
The video above was shot by an Action News Now viewer around 7 a.m. from Simpco Lane, near Sierra Pacific Industries.
Fish and Wildlife officials told Action News Now it is always a last resort to kill the animals, but in this case it was done in the interest of public safety.
Officials would like to warn North State residents that anytime you see a bear, be sure to keep a safe distance and if you keep trash cans outdoors be sure they are secured.
Reporter Vanessa Vasconcelos was on the scene today and will have a full report on Action News Now tonight at 5 and 6 p.m.
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