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Black bear killed in San Luis Obispo after breaking into chicken coops

July 1, 2011 |  9:53 am

A trapper killed a black bear that had been making unwanted visits to chicken coops in a San Luis Obispo neighborhood, officials said Friday.

After the bear broke into four chicken coops on four separate nights, two landowners requested a depredation permit from the state Department of Fish and Game, officials said.

San Luis Obispo police had used pepper balls and rubber bullets to chase the bear from the area, but it kept returning.

In all, a “number of chickens” were killed over a two-week period before the bear was killed Tuesday night by a trapper hired by the landowners as it was attempting to break into another coop, state Fish and Game officials said.

Relocating the bear would not have been a realistic alternative, officials said.

“Numerous efforts over many years have clearly established that relocation is not an option for bears that develop behavioral patterns of killing livestock or pets,” state officials said in a statement.

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