Black bear euthanized after trapping himself inside, ransacking post office

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Wildlife officials in Colorado had to euthanize a black bear after it managed to trap himself inside a post office.

According to KCNC, the bear let himself into the post office in Pitkin Friday morning and was unable to get out.  It appears the bear was able to get into the building easily, but pushed down a handle and locked himself inside.

“[He] put paw prints all over the glass and ripped down anything that was not attached firmly,” Pitkin mayor Rachel New told KCNC. “He only had access to the lobby and the only stuff in the lobby is the packaging that the post office sells — the boxes, envelopes, newspapers and books — so he got into all of that stuff, but no mail.”

Wildlife officials said this is not the first time this particular bear has caused trouble. The bear had two ear tags, meaning wildlife officers have dealt with him before. His most recent documented run-in with officers was last year, when he was tagged and relocated to Custer County.

Officials said because of his history of bad behavior, they had to euthanize the bear.

“We are in bear country, so we expect to have them rummaging around a little in town in the spring when they wake up,” New said.

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