California snacking ‘Safeway Bear’ shot and killed

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LAKE TAHOE, CA (Associated Press) — A black bear that was caught on video snacking on food in stores near Lake Tahoe has been shot and killed when it refused to leave a California campsite.

The California Department of Fish and Game announced Thursday that the 500-pound male dubbed the “Safeway Bear” was killed in August when it repeatedly encroached on a family campsite in the Sierra Nevada.

The 15-year-old male was recorded last year rummaging in stores on Tahoe’s North Shore.

Authorities relocated the bear to wilderness and hoped it would return to a natural diet. But they say it was emaciated by the time it died.

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