CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A small black bear was spotted running around the downtown area of Chattanooga, Tennessee, on Saturday evening, authorities said.
The Chattanooga Police Department confirmed that the animal was trotting through the area around 6 p.m., spokesperson Jeremy Eames told WCRB.
Euthanization was decided due to the “health and stress of the bear and more importantly, public safety,” according to TWRA spokeswoman Mime Barnes.
“It’s not an easy job for officers and not their outcome of choice,” Barnes said. “They are trained in a decision-making process and to put public safety first.”
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