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Bear euthanized by Amherst police

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) - A bear that was seen multiple times in Amherst has been euthanized.

On Monday, Amherst police officers responded to the area of Renaissance Dr. and Convent Garden Lane when a bear was seen on a resident's front lawn.

After officers found the animal traveling around several yards, it was determined to be a danger to the public. It was shot by an office with a patrol rifle. Amherst police say one bullet was fired.

"The officers on location have to make a decision based on the proximity to the public and the bear," said Captain James McNamara. "There's several people out on a warm Monday evening enjoying their backyard.

"The officers at this point in time just discerned that the bear kept traveling in and out in the same area into backyards and they were concerned for the welfare of the public."

Before it was found, the bear had been in the area for about two weeks. It appeared to be unable to continue its normal travel habits due to an injured leg.

The injury occurred when the bear was struck by a vehicle on I-990.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officials confirm the bear shot Monday night is the same bear that was hit on I-990. When asked if she thought officers made the right decision to shoot the bear, she said she couldn't make that determination, since DEC officials were not on scene at the time.


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