Yesterday, we linked some of the so-called educational material disseminated by New Jersey state officials in support their push to explore non-lethal methods of bear control. Today, we have a very timely story from The New Jersey Herald that may shed some light on how that new strategy is working so far:

_A large black bear which tried to break into a home several times looking for food was shot and killed by a wildlife control officer over the weekend.

The shooting came after officers tried for more than a week to capture the bruin in live traps. “The bear eluded the traps and eluded capture,” said Darlene Yuhas, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection. When the efforts at a live capture were unsuccessful, officers set up along a route the bear was believed to take as he searched for food._

The bruin weighed a hefty 532 pounds.