Bear Euthanized After Opening Door to Panhandle House

NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities have euthanized a 215-pound black bear after it opened the door to a Panhandle house and tried to enter.

It ran into the woods after the homeowner yelled at it.

Officials say the bear was one of two that have been raiding neighborhoods in Niceville and Valparaiso for food.

Andrew Jernigan of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says this bear crossed the line with the door incident.

The agency's policy holds that if a bear goes inside a human structure, it's become too comfortable with humans.

Niceville Police Lieutenant Randy Sallee says the homeowner was cooking at the time and that the bear smelled the food.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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