NewsUSA: Huge black bear "Hank the Tank" plunders houses...

USA: Huge black bear "Hank the Tank" plunders houses – "He just sits there and eats"

A black bear broke into at least 28 homes in South Lake Tahoe, USA. The approximately 227-pound animal is referred to as “Hank the Tank”.

South Lake Takoe – They tried paintball guns, sirens and tasers. “Hank the Tank” cannot be shooed away from the community of South Lake Tahoe, California, USA. “It’s easier to find leftover pizza than to go into the woods,” the New York Times quoted Peter Tira, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Bears are common in the area. In other countries, such as Canada, there are repeated encounters with bears*. But such a fixation on human food is rare.

At 500 pounds, around 227 kilograms, Hank is also exceptionally tall. On average, black bears in the western US* weigh between 100 and 300 pounds. The black bear is said to have already broken into almost 30 houses – through garages, windows and doors. Residents have called the police more than 100 times, according to the New York Times. “This is a bear that has lost all fear of humans,” she quotes Tira as saying. “It’s a potentially dangerous situation.”

USA: Authorities are unsure how to deal with the bear

The foods the bear found in homes would have given it even more weight, according to the New York Times, Ann Bryant, executive director of the Bear League. The Bear League is a wildlife rescue service in California.

In addition, Hank did not hibernate, as the state wildlife agency suspects. Because even in winter the burglaries would not have abated. One reason for the suspended hibernation: to have access to food all year round.

The question of how to proceed with Hank has caused a dispute between California wildlife authorities and residents. Many local residents do not want Hank to be put to sleep, but come to a sanctuary. He’s only interested in the food anyway and doesn’t show any aggression. “He just sits and eats,” explains Bryant. “He doesn’t attack her. He doesn’t growl. He doesn’t make unfriendly faces.”

One possibility would actually be to relocate the bear. But the reception stations are all full. A set trap this month also proved to be ineffective – Hank didn’t fall for it. The authorities are now going through the alternatives. Euthanasia is the last option. (tk) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA

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