A young male black bear sighted in Starr County in recent weeks has been captured and relocated to another area.
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Department biologists trapped the animal south of Falcon Dam and released it back into the wild in West Texas, said Erick Garza, a natural resource specialist with the agency.
The juvenile bear had been raiding trash cans for food and on occasion startled residents in the Falcon Heights area.
“Prior to trapping the bear we had tried several aversion techniques in order to dissuade the bear from approaching houses and trash containers,” Garza said. “That approach didn’t work out because the bear had become too accustomed to getting food and water from trash and surrounding areas; we were forced to trap him.”