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What if I'm attacked or another person is attacked by a bear?

Black bear may be killed to protect immediate threats to public safety or immediate threats to property (RCW 77.36.030). A person taking such action must have a reasonable belief that the animal poses a threat of serious physical harm, that this harm is imminent, and that killing the animal is the only reasonable available means to prevent the harm.  Likewise, a person taking such action must have a reasonable belief that the animal poses a threat of serious property damage, that this damage is imminent, and that killing the animal is the only reasonable available means to prevent the damage. The carcass of the animal, whether taken under the direct authority of RCW 77.36.030 or for the protection of a person, remains the property of the state and must be turned over to WDFW immediately.



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9th of July, 2012

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