Veterinarians euthanize injured Issaquah bear
November 12, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
NEW — 9:25 a.m. Nov. 12, 2010
A black bear discovered in Issaquah with a bullet lodged in its spine has been euthanized.
State Department of Fish and Wildlife agents discovered the black bear trapped in a backyard near the Issaquah Highlands on Thursday morning.
The wildlife veterinarian at PAWS, a Lynnwood wildlife rescue center, examined the bear Friday morning and determined the animal had lost the use of its hind legs. Sylvia Moss, a spokeswoman for PAWS, said the bear was then humanely euthanized.
State wildlife agents tranquilized and captured the bear after the homeowner reported a trapped bear in a creek on the property. The animal was then transported to PAWS.
The bear — a male about a year old and 135 pounds — appeared to become stuck in a logjam and had endured a night in a creek on the property. The weakened animal developed hypothermia as a result.