A black bear created a commotion in Cody and sent Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologists scrambling over the weekend.
The large boar was reported Sunday morning at a residence on Sheridan Avenue after it killed three chickens. The bear then moved southwest through town until officials caught up with it at the First Presbyterian Church at 2025 23rd St.
The bear was chemically immobilized and examined, said Tara Hodges, public information and education specialist for the Game and Fish’s Cody Region.
“It was a 9-year-old male in poor physical condition,” Hodges said, adding that the bear did not have teeth.
Game and Fish biologists ultimately decided to euthanize the animal.
“We make these decisions on a case-by-case basis,” Hodges said. “There are a variety of reasons we take into consideration; one of those is physical condition.”
On Friday afternoon, a black bear was seen running west on the BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) tracks adjacent to U.S. Highway 14-A, traveling in front of a train. The bear was moving slowly and engineers on the train slowed to allow it time to move out of the way. The Game and Fish was notified, but the bear left the tracks near the former Heart Mountain Relocation Center, which ended the search.
It’s possible the bear reported on Friday was the same one captured on Sunday in Cody, but Hodges said the department has no way to confirm that.