Bear 'Behaving Aggressively' Around Humans Shot, Killed In Fitchburg

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FITCHBURG, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts Environmental Police have shot and killed a black bear they say was behaving aggressively around humans.

The 2-year-old, 225-pound male bear was shot Friday at a Fitchburg park after harassing three men playing disc golf.

A spokeswoman for the environmental police says Fitchburg police arrived on the scene and shot the bear, which ran into the woods. An environmental officer soon arrived on killed the bear when it "challenged" the officer.

Authorities think it is the same bear that chased a woman hiking in the same park on Sept. 1.

The bear had prompted many calls to police this summer because of its apparent lack of fear of humans, likely because it had been fed by people in the past.

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