April 20, 2014

Bear killed by Marshfield police

A large black bear was shot and killed by police in Marshfield Monday night, after it reared up on its hind legs and started acting aggressive towards residents. Marshfield Police Chief Gary Jepsen says the nearly 500-pound bear was shot just after 10 P.M. on the city’s west side.

Jepsen says you never want to destroy an animal unless you have to, but the bear left police with little choice once it clearly became a threat.

The bear was spotted numerous times in the city last weekend, although officials do not believe it was the same black bear trapped by the DNR last month. That bear was caught March 28th and taken to an undisclosed location away from the city.

AUDIO: Mike Warren reports (:52)