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Bear killed by DNR after slaughtering donkey in Outagamie County


TOWN OF MAINE, WI (WTAQ) -  We're hearing from a conservation warden with the Wisconsin DNR who shot and killed a black bear after the bear killed a donkey.

Mike Young says in 20 years on the job, he's never seen anything like it.

“It killed the donkey in this corner here, and then it tried to drag it back out through that corner of the fence where that bird house is,” Young told FOX 11.

Young says the 300 pound black bear was probably looking for food.

“The ground is still cold, nothing is greening up, so they're getting in trouble, picking on bird feeders and what not. That bear decided he wanted some fresh meat, and unfortunately he grabbed a donkey,” said Young.

Young tried to trap the bear.

“He would actually reach into the trap and pull the meat out. He wouldn't go into the trap,” said Young.

With daylight fading, Young pulled out a rifle.

“I didn't make the best shot in the world, I wounded it, and away it went,” said Young.

The next day, Young called a bear hunting guide and a dog. They tracked the bear about a half mile to the south.

“We got up there, and there was the bear, in the tree, a nice big boar,” said Tim Collar, bear hunting guide in a phone interview.

“Could see where it was shot, so then we just dispatched it from the tree,” said Young.

Young says there are about a dozen bears that frequent the area. Neighbors say they aren't surprised.

“They all had their own story about the bear and what he's doing the last couple of weeks. They're just glad he was gone,” said Collar. 

There were reports of chickens killed nearby, and a peacock missing its tail feathers.

Two llamas in the pen were not hurt. Young says the donkey's owner is recovering.

“He's a little upset about losing his donkey. I think he's glad we put the bear down. It was an eye for an eye type thing,” said Young.