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Conservation official discusses decision to euthanize bear

Bear was caught in Joplin on July 11

MDC on Joplin bear

JOPLIN, Mo. - Update: The Missouri Department of Conservation answers questions about the bear that was captured in Joplin and euthanized. 

The attached interview with Metro Media Specialist Francis Skalicky covers the following topics:

  • How the bear ended up in Joplin
  • About the bear and reports of it in the area
  • Why the bear couldn't be relocated in the wild
  • Why it wasn't taken to a rescue facility or zoo
  • What the Missouri Department of Conservation does
  • History of bears in Missouri and the numbers now in the southern state
  • Recap of bear caught in Joplin

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On July 11th, 2019, the Joplin Police Department went to a wooded area near a housing addition at 11th and Peters about a bear sighting.

They got help from the Duquesne Police Department, Jasper County Sheriff's Office, Joplin Animal Control and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Authorities say the bear was able to be captured and removed from the area.

The Missouri Department of Conservation took custody of the bear and transported it out of the Joplin area.

Conservation officials say they determined the bear was 2-years-old and had become too dependent on humans and decided to euthanize it.


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