Bear Raiding Chicken Coop in Bradbury Shot and Killed

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By RUBY GONZALES | | San Gabriel Valley Tribune
PUBLISHED: August 24, 2021 at 5:12 p.m. | UPDATED: August 25, 2021 at 8:58 a.m.

A bear raiding a chicken coop in Bradbury over the weekend was shot by a resident, who was approached by the animal, and later euthanized by a state Fish and Wildlife official, authorities said.

The resident was justified in shooting the bear, said Capt. Patrick Foy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Under the Fish and Game Code, a bear can be taken to protect livestock, land, or property from damage. He didn’t know how many chickens the bear in Bradbury killed.

He said the female bear had two cubs with her. A biologist looked at surveillance video and determined they were old enough to make it on their own, he added.

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The Sheriff’s Temple station received a call about a wounded bear in the 1400 block of Lemon Avenue around 5:30 a.m. Saturday, sheriff’s Lt. J. Meza said. Deputies notified Fish and Wildlife.

“The bear was in the process of killing the resident’s chickens,” Foy said.

He said the resident heard a noise and armed himself with a rifle.

“As soon as the bear started to approach him, he shot it,” Foy said. “He went inside and called 911.”

Because the bear was mortally wounded, a Fish and Wildlife official euthanized the animal by shooting it, Foy said: “It’s instantaneous.”

Chickens attract bears, coyotes, bobcats and mountain lions, Foy said, adding that there’s almost an incident a day in the state where wildlife goes after a chicken coop.

The city does get complaints about bears once in a while, especially in the summertime, said Bradbury City Manager Kevin Kearney. Mostly the reports are about bears in swimming pools or getting fruit from trees.

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