Colorado wildlife officers kill 1st bear of 2019

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Wildlife officials in Colorado have killed a bear near Meeker after previously relocating it from Steamboat Springs.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports that Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers killed the bear Monday after it disturbed a farmer’s beehive.

Officers relocated the 2-year-old male black bear on April 8 after the animal got into several residential dumpsters. Officers tranquilized the bear after it approached a daycare center.

Steamboat area wildlife manager Kris Middledorf says this is the first bear the agency has killed in the state this year.

Middledorf says days like Monday, where wildlife officials have to put down an animal, are “the worst.”

Middledorf urges residents to be vigilant about securing their trash and other wildlife attractants.

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