VENETA, Ore. - Wildlife officials trapped and euthanized a black bear after the animal spent a week pawing at windows and doors before finally making its way into the house.
The meat from the bear's carcass was salvaged and donated to help feed the hungry, said Brian Wolfer, district wildlife biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
"We try to utilize everything we can," Wolfer said.
Wolfer said the bear had been hanging around a Veneta residence for at least a week. ODFW was notified of the bear on Tuesday and went out and found paw prints around windows and door.
Wolfer said the bear bumped a door open on Monday. The door wasn't shut all the way so the bear nudged it open.
State wildlife officials determined that because the bear was hanging around a house and knocking open a door, the bear was a potential threat to human safety.
Wildlife officials trapped the bear and euthanized it, Wolfer said.