2011-09-01 / Local & State

W. Pa. Police Shoot Bear Near Downtown Festival

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Police in one southwestern Pennsylvania city say they fatally shot a 350-pound black bear as it approached a festival attended by thousands of people.

Uniontown police say they an officer shot the bear in the head about 3:30 p.m. Sunday about two blocks from the city’s Italian Heritage Festival. Police believe the bear might have been attracted by the smell of food from the festival.

Callers reported the bear to Fayette County 911 dispatchers at various points outside the city, which is located about 40 miles south of Pittsburgh. After the bear entered the city, police tried to shoo it away from the festival and back out of town.

Police were waiting for a Pennsylvania Game Commission officer with a tranquilizer gun when they determined the bear was endangering people and shot it instead.

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