SUNRIVER, OR -- Deschutes County deputies shot and killed a black bear near Sunriver, after authorities say it posed a risk to public safety. Over the weekend, the Sheriff’s Office received numerous calls from various people reporting the bear in a subdivision west of the Deschutes River. The sixth and final call came from a resident of Gina Lane, Sunday afternoon. The man said he tried to scare the bear away with loud yelling and banging, but the animal wouldn't leave.
Deputies responded and shot the young adult male bear with beanbag rounds; despite being struck three times, the animal did not run off. Instead, it climbed a tree, then came back down and began walking through the neighborhood. Deputies followed it, warning people to go inside, including small children in the animal's path.
Click HERE to watch a video of the effort to scare the bear off.
At one point, it was nearly struck by a car and exhibited signs of aggression. Deputies say they killed the 96-pound bear before it entered a more populated area. Sheriff Shane Nelson said in a statement, "This bear was a threat to public safety and I would not allow it to have an opportunity to injure or kill a person. This bear was seen too many times in this area and we were not going to take a risk with an encounter."
Oregon's Department of Fish and Wildlife is now inspecting the bear's body.