A black bear that regularly attracted gawkers during its forages through a restaurant’s Dumpster in Carbon County was illegally killed with a crossbow, the Pennsylvania Game Commission said. The bear, weighing nearly 600 pounds, was at least 10 years old, wildlife conservation officer Dave Allen said. “It’s a senseless waste,” he said. Customers and employees of the High Elevations restaurant in Kidder Township had seen the bear for years and had nicknamed it “Teddy.” Patrons often called to ask what time the animal would appear, employee Lisa Fisher said. “He was so calm and big. People would sit in the parking lot or watch him from the windows of the restaurant,” Fisher said. “He would eat out of the Dumpster, but he never caused a problem.” The bear made its final visit to the garbage bin Wednesday, when it was shot with a crossbow, stumbled 25 yards, and collapsed in a parking lot, wildlife officials said. “Whoever did it knew we are closed on Wednesday,” Fisher said. “Everyone is very upset here.”
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