Wyoming Game and Fish wildlife managers euthanized a two-year-old male black bear on Monday morning after capturing it along Big Goose Creek between the 8th and 11th street bridges. According to a media release from the Game and Fish Sheridan Region Office, personnel with the G&F had responded to multiple reports of a bear in the north area of Sheridan for more than a week, but previous attempts to immobilize or trap it were unsuccessful.
Based on information from an ear tag, the bear was previously captured in Sheridan on June 20 near the Holly Sugar building off Sugarland Drive in Sheridan. It was released that day in the Bighorn National Forest. Sheridan Wildlife Biologist Tim Thomas said because the bear traveled more than 30 miles through quality bear habitat, showed no aversion to being in a residential setting and had received several food rewards of residential garbage in recent days, the decision was made to euthanize it.
Thomas added that relocating bears is the preferred management option when possible, but as in cases like this, bears will sometimes travel long distances to return to where they were captured and the relocation effort is unsuccessful. This is a very dry year and bears are likely roaming more widely in their search for natural foods. Any sightings of a bear in residential or developed areas should be reported as soon as possible to the Game and Fish Regional Office at 307-672-7418 during regular business hours or to a local law enforcement agency.