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Bear habituated to people after selfies, snacks is killed

Officials in Oregon last week killed a young black bear after it became too familiar with an environment where humans fed it snacks and took selfies with it. 

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife told CBS affiliate KOIN that wildlife officials were compelled to kill the animal after it became too "habituated" to Scoggins Valley Park.  

The bear had reportedly grown familiar with the setting after being fed snacks including trail mix, sunflower seeds and cracked corn by humans. KOIN noted that multiple park visitors posted selfies with the bear. 

Experts told the news station that the bear becoming comfortable in the surroundings increased the possibility for a dangerous encounter in the future. 

"This is a classic example of why we implore members of the public not to feed bears," wildlife biologist Kurt Licence told KOIN. "While the individuals who put food out for this bear may have had good intentions bears should never, ever be fed." 

The Washington County Sheriff's Office earlier this month urged people to stay away from bear while officials tried to get it to relocate. The bear ultimately was put down last week. 

It is illegal in Oregon to scatter garbage, food or any item that attract "potentially habituated wildlife," KOIN reported.