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Bear euthanized after bird feeder raids, selfies

Posted: 7:06 AM, Jun 09, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-09 17:30:30Z

A bear was euthanized after she went on a bird feeder and trash can raid in two neighborhoods that included neighbors trying to take pictures with her.

The young female bear visited several residential backyards in Arvada and Golden this week, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

"She was drawn to the bird feeders, but she was also eating out of unsecured trash cans," the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said in Facebook.

The owner of the Arvada home where the above video was taken said while she was guilty of having multiple bird feeders, she did not have open trash cans.

Deputies said the trash can problem and photo taking happened in Golden.

"Neighbors were trying to get close and take photos with her [the bear]," the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook. "We also want to remind you that wildlife is just that—wild—so please do not try to get close and take a photo with the animals."

Deputies said the bear went up a tree. State officials tranquilized her.

Initially, officials said the bear was going to be relocated. However, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office told Denver7 Thursday that wildlife officials observed the bear for 24 hours, found it wasn't afraid of humans and had other issues, and they decided to euthanize the bear.

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