Black Bear Euthanized After Being Caught Roaming Through Chattanooga Streets

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A small black bear filmed roaming through the streets of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was euthanized on Saturday, September 24. Wildlife officials reportedly put down the bear due to concern for public safety.

According to reports, the bear had been tagged as proof of previous human contact, and after being captured, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency made the decision to euthanize the animal.

“It’s not an easy job for officers and not their outcome of choice. They are trained in a decision making process and to put public safety first,” officials told reporters.

Beth Reed posted this video to Twitter and wrote: “Not something you see everyday…” The bear can be seen in the video running through a neighborhood street.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke confirmed the bear was not an escapee from the Chattanooga Zoo. Credit: Beth Reed via Storyful