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Black Bear Euthanized in Horsham

The bear had a broken leg, Pennsylvania Game Commission authorities said.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo

A bear that was spotted overnight outside the Wawa in Horsham on 611 near County Line Road has been euthanized, multiple media outlets are reporting.

The Intelligencer reported that the bear was euthanized around noon by the Pennsylvania Game Commission after authorities determined it had a broken leg. An official told the publication the bear, which was spotted in the convenience store parking lot around 2 a.m., was likely hit by a car.

After the bear was spotted at Wawa, eyewitnesses said it headed southeast along County Line Road, NBC10 reported. 

This is a breaking story, stay with Patch for updates. 

Jonathan Kratz June 06, 2014 at 08:14 AM
But you can understand people's concern. They are large omnivores with long pointy claws. Yes, they will mostly run from people, but if they don't, and small dogs go missing, or a person is injured, we will be crying out that the police are never there to protect us. Like the response to an airsoft gun at the college yesterday: an abundance of caution makes people feel safer.
kristin lauersen June 06, 2014 at 09:24 AM
The real shame of this story is how humans treat animals. I spoke with the game commission and when this bear was found, he was dragging his back leg and could barely ambulate. I disagree with them killing the bear instead of helping him, but they decided to euthanize because he was suffering. When they did a necropsy they found the bear was riddled with shotgun pellets. Additionally he had BB gun wounds all over his body. On top of that, his back leg that had been shot was hit by a car, which opened up the festering wound which had turned gangerous. I questioned if it was 'bear season' and he confirmed it is not, and also added that these types of guns are not approved for bear hunting as they are too small. I think the saddest part of the story is that there are people out there shooting bears and hitting them with their cars and leaving the animal to suffer for god knows how long, until the police finally put him out of his misery. The entire thing is horrific and I can only hope those that are shooting at animals are caught.
Bill Sams June 06, 2014 at 10:04 AM
Kristin, It is good you called the Game Commission but let me tell you that the game commission will tell the public anything to allow you to think they are not to blame. In order for them, The Commission to see all of what they are telling you was done to that Bear, They would have to pay a lot of Money and they will not do that. The Bear may have been hit by a car but as a Animal observer and a Naturalist, Looking at the videos of the bear he was not injured to the point of putting it down. The Reason they would kill that bear is the expense of transporting him to a Northeastern County of the State. I jsut dont have any trust in the Pa. Game Commission.
kristin lauersen June 06, 2014 at 03:46 PM
Wow - I didn't realize the game commission would be dishonest. That is such a shame. I still feel in my heart that the bear could have been helped and relocated. I hope with the public outcry & concern for these animals, they take that into consideration and will relocate bears in the future. So very sad...
susan e stein June 19, 2014 at 11:43 PM
Bil Sams is right. And what makes it worse in my eyes is how often they claim the sighted bear has a broken leg. What is it now, 3, 4 in a week? I'm not a violent person but I'd like to put a few of thes game wardens out of their jobs. They're like teen age boys with too much testosterone & no empathy. They're lazy. Too easy to pull a gun & kill the bear. Too much trouble to get it back home. Damn shame! We take over their environment & instead of learning a little respect & how to live with them, we just kill them. People who live in the mountains live side by side with these beautiful animals. There is no reason in the world why we shouldn't do the same.

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