Injured black bear captured in Issaquah was shot

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by LINDA BRILL / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 11, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 11 at 7:14 PM

ISSAQUAH, Wash. - Department of Fish and Wildlife animal experts are tending to a small black bear, found in the Issaquah Highlands neighborhood, that had been shot.

Captain Bill Hebner said the bear was spotted Thursday morning in the area of Issaquah Highlands and Black Nugget Road.

Homeowner Ernest Ip called wildlife agents when he saw the young bear and heard it moaning.

"I've seen the bear and the mother bear and another sibling several times," said Ip. "They come to my backyard to eat the fruit from our fruit trees."

When wildlife agents arrived, they found the male bear tangled up in a log stuck in a creek.

Hebner said the bear appears to be two years old and about 130 pounds. Wildlife officials suspected the bear was injured, saying it should have been able to get out of its predicament.

Sure enough, it was. After being tranquilized, the bear was taken to a veterinarian. X-ray results late Thursday reveal the bear had a bullet lodged in its spine.

It is illegal to shoot a bear unless it is threatening you it's hunting season or if you have a license to hunt. Wildlife agents will decide Friday whether to operate on the bear or euthanize it. 

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