Durham Police Make Policy Changes After Bear Incident
Posted June 28, 2001 7:19 a.m. EDT
DURHAM — Police in the Bull City are making some policy changes after the shooting of a black bear last week.
officers shot a 200 pound black bear on Omah Street last Thursday.
Police called Durham Animal Control to come and tranquilize the bear, but before the officer arrived, police felt it was necessary to shoot the bear.
The animal had been sighted in resident's backyards for several days.
An incident review Wednesday included representatives of the Durham Police Department, Durham City/County 911, Durham County Animal Control, and the North Carolina Wildlife Commission.
Among the changes are a new 911 protocol to handle wildlife calls, police will set up a wider perimeter when dealing with wildlife, and animal control will train police on how to deal with wildlife.
An effort will also be made to provide residents with information about how to deal with bears and other forms of wildlife. Experts provided the following safety tips: