Second Steamboat Springs black bear euthanized
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers Tuesday night trapped and euthanized a bear that had broken into a Steamboat Springs home.
It was the second bear wildlife officers have put down this year because it was a nuisance and endangering humans.
“Obviously a hard decision,” wildlife officer Jack Taylor said. “When we get one that’s breaking into houses, that’s a public safety issue.”
The first bear CPW officers put down had on three different occasions broken into a home along Routt County Road 44.
The bear trapped Tuesday night had broken a window to access a home on Hunters Drive over the weekend. The bear tore up the kitchen and damaged the refrigerator.
The bear was also suspected of causing other damage, including breaking into a garage.
Bears have been an issue in recent weeks.
One broke siding off a trash enclosure, and on Wednesday, wildlife officers were investigating a bear that caused damage to a truck.
On Tuesday night, wildlife officers were on patrol looking for bears and scaring them away with rubber bullets.
One was found at the Rockies Condos in a construction dumpster.
“It looks like they’re definitely seeking trash right now,” wildlife officer Andrea Sponseller said.
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