After attacking two children in Pennsylvania last week, a bear was apprehended and put to death, according to authorities.
Two male and female bears were captured in Luzerne County on Friday due to a May 22 attack on a 5-year-old and a 14-year-old playing in a Wright Township driveway, according to a press statement from the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The youngsters, who were treated for bites and scratches at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and then released, were assaulted by a female bear, according to DNA tests.
What caused the bear attack is unknown.
While bear assaults are relatively uncommon in Pennsylvania, the Game Commission stated that when bears attack people and are later captured, they are put to death to protect the public.
That’s not to imply that a bear that has been in an attack is likely to attack again. Many times bear assaults result from a bear being cornered and unable to find an easy escape route.
However, euthanasia is the only option to test the bear for rabies and a preventative measure against future attacks.
The male bear was moved to a more isolated location.
It doesn’t appear that the third bear, discovered dead last Wednesday after most likely being struck by a car, was responsible for the attack on the kids.
The Game Commission stated last week on Facebook that bears in Pennsylvania typically avoid contact with humans and rarely attack.
When attacks happen, they frequently entail a bear being cornered and unable to escape, or they are started by a dog approaching a bear and its owner becoming involved.