COURTESY: National Park Service
A Sumpter, Oregon woman will likely never again forget to latch her front door. She forgot to lock her door recently -- and awoke to find a 160-pound bear in her living room.
The Baker City Herald reports the bear knocked over a bookshelf -- but didn't harm the 78-year-old woman.
The three-year-old male bear was trapped and euthanized late last week by state wildlife officials.
Authorities have determined it’s the same bear that was shot in the face last month by another startled resident who found it on his front porch.
It's the third bear trapped and killed around Sumpter -- population 204 -- since Sept. 23.
Brian Ratliff, a wildlife biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, says bears may be coming into more contact with humans because a dry summer limited their supply of berries.
(by Associated Press)