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Police shoot big, black bear in Marshfield

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outdoors River Falls, 54022

River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

A large black bear was killed in Marshfield about 10 p.m. Monday, April 9. The 500-pound animal had been spotted numerous times in the city, and police officers shot it after being told by the DNR not to let the bear escape.

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A resident called police after seeing the animal in a west-side neighborhood in Marshfield, a city of 19,000 people in central Wisconsin. Police Chief Gary Jepsen said his officers had exhausted every option they had for trying to snare or trap the bear.

Eventually, he said officers had to consider the safety of residents, especially after the bear had stood on its hind quarters and challenged people.

Jepsen said the bear was probably not the same one the DNR trapped in Marshfield last month. That animal was caught on March 28th, and was taken to a location away from the city.

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