BANGOR, Maine — Two wildlife biologists and a game warden with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife recovered a 2-year-old injured male black bear Monday morning form underneath a Kenduskeag Stream Bridge on Central Street.
A medical examination by Dr. David Cloutier and the staff from Veazie Veterinary Clinic, however, determined that the bear recently had suffered a high-impact injury to its lower jaw consistent with a gunshot wound, department spokeswoman Deborah Turcotte said in a news release Monday.
The injury left the bear unable to eat, Turcotte said, adding that the bear appeared to be malnourished for its age.
Because the injuries were too severe to allow the jaw to be reconstructed, bear was humanely euthanized, she said.
According to Turcotte, the bear was spotted at the stream about 2 a.m. The Bangor Police Department contacted the Maine Warden Service and department wildlife biologists Jennifer Vashon and Randy Cross and Game Warden Jim Fahey, all based in Bangor, were sent to the scene, adjacent to Bagel Central.
At about 9:30 a.m., Fahey and Cross paddled a canoe upstream at high tide to reach the bear. Fahey said the only way to locate the bear this morning was from stream level because of the way it situated itself directly under the bridge, Turcotte said.
Cross climbed the stone wall to the bear’s location, sedated it and lowered it to the canoe.
According to Turcotte, wardens have not determined how the bear was shot, where it was shot or by whom.