Pennsylvania Game commission trying to trap sickly bear

This Nov. 30, 2015 photo provided by Norm and Kristina Senna shows a black bear on a trail in Georgia, Vt. The lack of snow is contributing to delayed hibernation for some black bears and making snowshoe hares conspicuous to predators. Access to food is keeping some out of their winter dens and has prompted officials in Vermont and Massachusetts to urge residents to wait for snow before putting up bird feeders to avoid attracting bears. (Norm and Kristina Senna via AP)

KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania Game Commission is trying to trap a sickly bear spotted recently in western Pennsylvania.

Game commission officials believe the bear has the mange, a skin condition caused by parasites that cause the animal to lose its coat. The game commission made that determination based on pictures snapped by residents who have spotted the bear near Kittanning recently.

The game commission is concerned because the mange can spread to other animals and even humans.

That’s why they’re urging people to stay away from the bear and to report it if they see the animal.

Bears can recover from the mange with proper treatment. But the animal may have to be euthanized if it’s lost too much hair.

About 5 to 10 percent of Pennsylvania bears have mange.


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