Police shoot injured nuisance bear in Madawaska
MADAWASKA, Maine — Police dispatched a nuisance bear Saturday Morning, after it had come back several times to the same resident’s bird feeder, according to Sgt. Matt Derosier of the Madawaska Police Department.
The bear had been reported in the area near the Gateway Motel on U.S. Route 1 earlier this spring, when residents said it appeared to have some sort of fishing trap or other contraption stuck on one of its front legs.
“When we spoke with the game wardens, they said it was OK for us to dispatch the bear if it came around again,” Derosier said Monday morning.
Derosier described the bear as in “pretty bad shape,” as it had likely been unable to effectively forage due to its injury.
“It was only walking on three legs,” the sergeant said.
This was the third time the homeowner called the police to report the bear. Bears, who are eating as much as they can this time of year in preparation for their winter hibernation, have been a particular nuisance this spring in Madawaska and other areas.
Derosier said he dispatched the animal and, since no one was interested in taking the bear for meat, he disposed of the carcass.
Police have advised residents to call police or a game warden if a bear continues to come around their property, rather than take things into their own hands.