Officers from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife on Tuesday shot and killed a black bear believed to be the animal that hurt a Joint Base Lewis-McChord civilian employee last week.
Officers were fairly certain they got the right bear because it was shot within 100 yards of where Thursday’s attack took place. Also, the animal’s teeth matched measurements of bite marks inflicted by the bear, said Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Ted Jackson.
JBLM spokesman Joe Kubistek said the trails where last week’s incident took place remained closed Wednesday out of concern more bears might be at large.
The JBLM civilian employee was running with his dog Thursday afternoon when he encountered the bear on a trail that cuts through training areas just south of Railroad Avenue on the Army side of the base known as Lewis Main.
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“This gentleman was taken completely by surprise,” Jackson said.
The Army and Fish and Wildlife did not release a description of the man’s injuries. He was treated at Madigan Army Medical Center and released.
Fish and Wildlife officers found the bear about 10 a.m. Tuesday when their hounds identified the animal. Jackson said the 310-pound bear chased the dogs, and two officers shot and killed it.
JBLM has about 61,000 acres of forest land, and bear sightings occur once or twice a year.