Police kill bear in Lynnwood neighborhood

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LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) -- A Lynnwood police spokeswoman says officers had no choice but to kill a bear roaming through a neighborhood Monday morning, potentially threatening children heading for school.

Shannon Sessions says the adult male 250-pound bear had been growling and charging at officers who had tried to contain it Sunday night in a wooded area.

Sessions says state Fish and Wildlife agents who had been at the scene went home, planning to return to the wooded area at daylight to tranquilize it. But the bear took off at dawn and was climbing over fences. Sessions says it startled one man having coffee on his patio.

Police don't have tranquilizer guns. Sessions says they killed the bear with a shotgun blast in the driveway of a home to protect public safety.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com