Black bear killed by WDFW after developing garbage eating habit near Issaquah

The bear was 152 pounds overweight for its age due to “unnaturally high calorie consumption from non-natural food sources.”

ISSAQUAH, Wash. — A black bear that was getting into garbage and other “human-provided food sources” for more than three years in the Squak Mountain area was killed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) earlier this month. 

WDFW had been attempting to capture the bear since April due to its habit of getting into “improperly stored garbage” in suburban areas, backyards and private properties. 

“He was shown on camera with a garbage bag in his mouth right before entering the trap,” said

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