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490-pound black bear killed in Southern Oregon

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A rancher in southern Oregon asked for a permit before shooting and killing a large black bear. // Photo: The Herald and News A rancher in southern Oregon asked for a permit before shooting and killing a large black bear. // Photo: The Herald and News
SUMMER LAKE (KPTV/AP) -

Ranchers in Southern Oregon have legally killed a 490-pound black bear after one of their cows was killed by the bear.

The Herald and News reports that field biologists say the male bear weighed 490 pounds, stood 6-foot-5 and was 13 to 15 years old. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Craig Foster said the largest black bear he had previously seen weighed 345 pounds.

Marie Leehmann, who owns the ranch where the cow was killed, went beyond legal requirements by obtaining a kill permit, which was issued after it was determined one of the Leehmanns' yearling heifers had been killed.

Two days later, on April 4, Leehmann was checking the cows when a bear ran out of the herd. Her son, Ryon, shot the bear within a quarter-mile of their home.

Foster says ranchers are legally allowed to kill bears that attack cattle.

Copyright 2014 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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