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Black bear euthanized after being fed for show

Black bear euthanized after being fed for show

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- State wildlife officials had to kill a young black bear in Uintah County after reports that a man was feeding it junk food so his kids and grandkids could watch.

The bear had lost its fear of people, raising concerns that it could become aggressive if it wasn't fed.

With the bear euthanized, officials are now deciding whether to file charges against the man who was feeding it.

State officials say that overall the number of problem bears is down. So far, three black bears have been euthanized this year. Last year at this time, it was 12.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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