Black bear killed by wildlife officials in California

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) California Department of Fish and Wildlife says a black bear was killed Wednesday in the Visalia area because of concern for public safety.

The 150-pound bear was captured running free in early May in a northeast Bakersfield neighborhood. The bear, roughly 1 to 1 1/2 years old, likely ended up in the City in the Hills area of Bakersfield after coming down the Kern River channel, a DFW staffer said at the time.

Wildlife workers used a dart to tranquilize the bear when it was in Bakersfield. They took it to a rural area about 100 miles away.

Since then, the bear traveled to the Visalia area near the St. John's River, according to DFW spokeswoman Janice Mackey. The bear had been in an agricultural area for more than five days near a well-traveled road when wildlife workers tried multiple nonlethal approaches to capture.

They killed the bear when it acted aggressively with DFW staff and search hounds, according to Mackey.