PILOT ROCK, Ore. — An Oregon State Police trooper shot and killed a black bear that wandered near an elementary school in Pilot Rock.
The East Oregonian newspaper reports (http://is.gd/PkDYVK ) that the school with 200 children went into lockdown at about noon Tuesday as the trooper arrived to help corral the bear.
The trooper shot the animal when it couldn’t be shooed away after about 90 minutes.
Oregon Division of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Rick Hargrave says the bear might have been pushed out of its territory by bigger bears, and hunger likely made it too stubborn to leave.
Pilot Rock is in eastern Oregon about 52 miles from Kennewick.