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Bear Killed After Going Into Virginia Hospital

June 17, 2004|From Associated Press

ROCKY MOUNT, Va. — An adult black bear was shot and killed after it wandered into a hospital, authorities said Wednesday.

The 300-pound male bear was first spotted walking along a street Tuesday night, authorities said. When the bear wandered in front of the nearby Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, it activated a sensor that opens the hospital's doors.

The bear walked into a hospital computer room. Two police officers shut the door behind the animal, said Lt. Karl Martin of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Officers had planned to sedate the bear, but said they were worried what might happen if it got loose in the hospital. So an officer shot the bear twice and killed it.

No one was injured.

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