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.

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6 Responses to “Veterinarians euthanize injured Issaquah bear”

  1. Carol on November 12th, 2010 9:45 am

    Will the shooter be sought out and brought to justice for ending this innocent little baby’s life? They should also be punished for the agony they put him through as he lay freezing to death in that stream all night.

  2. Tara on November 12th, 2010 10:47 am

    This makes me sad and so angry. There was no reason for him to be treated that way and to suffer so horribly. It makes me wonder if people really are losing their humanity.

  3. jim on November 12th, 2010 2:21 pm

    There is a season to harvest these animals. Its called population control and feeding a family with pure meat, not the hormoned steriod meat you buy at a supermarket. I’m tired of hearing people whine and complain about being attacked or threatened and want someone else to do somthing about it. This is why we have hunting seasons, to feed people and to control populations. What happened was not a good thing and mostlikly done by a nonhunter, but to try and chastise human nature is wrong in my opinion !

  4. Celeste Palmby on November 12th, 2010 9:07 pm

    Dear black bear,
    Thank-you for those wonderful entertaining evenings you gave us eating apples in our orchard. Please understand that the one who shot you and left you to suffer does not represent the majority us. We are grieving for you tonight and will miss your midnight company. Celeste and Keith

  5. Dee on November 13th, 2010 10:46 am

    Jim, most of us don’t eat bear meat unless we have to, and there isn’t a bear overpopulation problem. There isn’t a need to harvest them. Besides, an experienced hunter would not have left the bear to suffer needlessly: the hunters I know are more considerate of wildlife than that.

    I understand what you’re saying about people complaining about bears in their backyards and garbage cans, but shooting them is a fairly irresponsible solution to the problem. Killing things is not human nature and I feel quite comfortable chastising people who think shooting bears is an acceptable response.

  6. Cindy Klein on November 15th, 2010 8:28 am

    The only happy part of the bear shooting is that the bear is out of his/her misery. How heart breaking to lose the bear in such a manner. If I could, I would place compassion and caring in the hearts of such people who commit such cruelty. This world would be a better place.

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