PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A black bear was shot by the Maine Warden Service earlier this morning in Portland.
Portland Police got a call around 4:30 this morning reporting a bear sitting in the area of Veranda and Oregon Streets. Shortly after police arrived on the scene, the Warden Service was contacted because the bear was in a tree in a neighborhood. After awhile the bear descended and ran through the neighborhood, eventually reaching an embankment near water between Route 1 and the highway. That's when the warden shot the bear.
"It was a decision based on public safety," Sgt. Tim Spahr, Game Warden Service, said.
The bear meat is being taken to soup kitchens in the area, and the hide will be made available for scientists to research.