NC activists angered by killing of 3-legged bear

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BURNSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The death of a three-legged black bear in western North Carolina is becoming a flashpoint for outraged wildlife advocates who say the state needs to find non-lethal ways to handle nuisance bears.

Millie Bowling says the state’s policy is to shoot bears who have too much contact with humans — and that has to change.

About 5,000 bears live in the western North Carolina mountains, and bear complaints have doubled in the last decade to 671 in 2011.

The three-legged bear had become a fixture in an upscale community north of Asheville. But after he kept breaking into homes, the community decided something had to be done.

Wildlife activist tried to find a sanctuary for him. But he was shot in August before he could be moved.

Credit: The Associated Press.