Marshfield police kill aggressive-acting bear

Marshfield police have shot and killed a bear that they said showed signs of being aggressive.

The police department said a resident first reported Saturday that a bear stood on its rear legs in an attack or defensive posture while it was close to her and her dog.

Authorities tried to trap the bear but weren’t able to.

Police then received a call Monday evening from another resident who said a bear was in his yard, standing on its hind legs in a threatening posture. Police notified the state Department of Natural Resources, which instructed officers not to allow the bear to escape.

The bear was killed before the DNR arrived.

Police are reminding residents to lock up any food sources that might attract bears.