This bear cub was euthanized this week for being too friendly and curious of humans near the Terra Nova National Park in Newfoundland, Canada.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife says the bear was so friendly to humans that there was no other choice than to euthanize him. They had made an attempt previously to relocate the little bear but he came back. He liked people but more importantly, liked the food they gave him.
The killing of this beloved little bear cub brings up the whole debate of over “wildlife management.” Humans move into animal territory and complain about being surrounded by animals. We take away the land animals depend on for survival and we get mad that they are attracted to our food and our garbage.
To me, the death of this little bear is a sad reminder of how screwed up our relationship with animals really is.