Late Tuesday night at around 10:30, Sheridan Police called in the assistance of Wyoming Game and Fish officials. A resident on West Burkitt reported a large black bear in his yard, and police kept track of the bear down to the area of 2nd Street and S. Sheridan Avenue.
G & F Information Specialist Warren Mischke tells us a tough decision had to be made.
The male bear was about 220 pounds, and four to five years old. There were several opportunities to tree the bear, but the bear would not climb, therefore tranquilizing it was not an option.
Mischke says that they will examine the bear to determine if it had any problems that caused it to come down to the city limits.
Mischke encourages pet owners to be cautious, especially around mountain lions. He also reminds people to never run from a wild animal, such as a bear or mountain lion.
If you have any questions, call the Sheridan Regional Game & Fish office at 307) 672-7418 ext. 235