The black bear who shot to fame online for its close encounter with a police officer has been put down.
Bad Bear News of the Day: Terra Nova National Park officials recently had to put down an adorable black bear cub because it was deemed “too friendly.”
The bear had developed a habit of approaching park visitors to beg for food. It gained Internet fame a few weeks back after it was photographed greeting Constable Suzanne Bourque who was investigating bear sighting reports. Authorities tried moving the bear to “a more isolated area,” but it came back.
According to Terra Nova’s acting director of conservation Kirby Tulk, “[t]he bears, instead of coming to the roadside to feed off their natural vegetation, become attracted to cars and humans because they learn to associate vehicles and humans with food.” Tulk said he was forced to euthanize the cub as visitors refused to heed warnings about feeding it.