ISSAQUAH, Wash. - Department of Fish and Wildlife animal experts say a small black bear found shot in the Issaquah Highlands neighborhood has been euthanized.
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 appeared 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. Wildlife veterinarians decided not to operate on the bear, and the bear was put down at the Lynnwood PAWS Friday morning.
It is illegal to shoot a bear unless it is threatening you, it's hunting season or if you have a license to hunt. Officers are now going door-to-door in Issaquah to find out who shot the bear.