Black bear in Sinks Canyon killed a dog Thursday

(Lander, WY) – The Wyoming Game & Fish Department confirmed with County 10 today, September 13th, that they captured and lethally removed an adult black bear from USFS lands in Sinks Canyon Saturday evening.

The bear had killed a domestic dog on Thursday, September 9th, according to WGFD Large Carnivore Section Supervisor Dan Thompson.

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The killing prompted a temporary closure of area trails like Lower Brewers as they attempted to capture the bear. She reportedly also obtained food rewards on Friday night at a nearby campground.

“Based on the bold behavior associated with the dog mortality and continued seeking of human foods the decision was made to remove the bear,” Thompson explained. “There were no other bears observed during capture attempts through tracks and remote cameras.”

They plan to use the hide for future educational purposes.

He also shared the important reminder to be bear aware and that they are very active and seeking foods in any fashion.

“It’s very important that people properly secure attractants to reduce conflict potential and to report any issues with black bears and any large carnivores as immediately as possible to Game and Fish.”

The Lander Region Game and Fish Department can be contacted at (307) 332-2688.

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