Police Shoot to Death Bear That Wandered Through Amherst

July 10, 2018
A bear was seen near Transit Road in Amherst last night with obvious signs of distress. (Photo provided by Trish Penetrante)
A bear was seen near Transit Road in Amherst last night with obvious signs of distress. 

A bear that gained a considerable following as it wandered through Amherst in the past two weeks was shot to death Monday night by an officer, Amherst Police said Tuesday.

Officers had kept close tabs on the bear and had hoped it eventually would leave town as it continued on its way. But the animal was seen dragging one of its legs, an injury suffered after it was struck by a vehicle, and that likely limited the animal’s normal travels, said Capt. James McNamara.

Once officers found it in another populated area Monday, they made the decision to take down the bear, McNamara said.
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