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Wildlife officials will try to trap and kill Zigzag black bear

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The residents of Zigzag have a new neighbor that no one seems to welcome.

It's not clear how long a bear has been in in the small village on Mt. Hood, but the bear, estimated to be about 3 years old, has been repeatedly spotted and was even caught on camera by one person's security system.

The bear's been seen walking the streets of the small town, invading yards and even eating the neighbors' garbage.

So far, the animal has been more of a nuisance, upending garbage cans and eating food left out for birds and squirrels.

The fact that the bear won't go away, even when face to face with people, has neighbors concerned about their families’ safety.

Kevin Austin, whose security system caught video of the animal, said his wife saw the bear around 7:00 one evening, at first thinking it was a big dog.

"My wife walked up on him a few nights back and she was about 15 feet from him,” he said. “Didn't realize at first it was a bear."

Austin's wife was able to get away, while children down the road were rushed inside by their parents. That is when neighbors notified officials at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

An ODFW spokesperson told Fox 12 it will set out a trap for the bear, and once they catch it they will put it down.  

The official explained that the ODFW used to trap the bears, sedate them, and then drive them deep into the woods. However, the bears found their way back to the neighborhoods where they'd been captured, so now the procedure is to put down the bears before they hurt someone.

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