The bear that has been breaking into cars in Montmorency County has been trapped and euthanized by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
After several months of reported break-ins and close calls with the animal, authorities found it in the best interest of the public to euthanize the bear that has been causing the issues. The bear has been opening the doors of several vehicles, and in one instance did an estimated seven thousand dollars worth of damage.
“You gotta…we saw it as a potential– it had gone from the point of being kind of a normal bear problem to a real potential human hazard. So, so we again didn’t think we could take it any place where it was more remote, where it wouldn’t find cars and, and people so we, we euthanized it,” said DNR Field Operations Manager, Brian Mastenbrook.
At first the DNR did try peaceful methods of driving the bear away; asking people to remove food from outside and employing active hazing methods. Unfortunately, the bear had grown too used to living amongst humans and the decision to euthanize was made.