Fam­ily of bears likely killed from eat­ing poi­sonous plant

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

Game com­mis­sion of­fi­cials say a poi­sonous or­na­men­tal shrub likely killed a black bear and her three cubs found dead on a church park­ing lot in north­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia. The bears were found on the lot of St. Mon­ica’s church in West Wy­oming, Penn­syl­va­nia, on Dec 6.

The Penn­syl­va­nia Game Com­mis­sion says the bears ate the leaves and seeds of an English yew plant be­fore they died. The plant is highly toxic to peo­ple and most an­i­mals if in­gested.

Game Com­mis­sion vet­eri­nar­ian Justin Brown says he’s not aware of an­other case of black bear deaths from yew poi­son­ing. Of­fi­cials say the 300-pound sow and her cubs were known to fre­quent pop­u­lated ar­eas, where yew typ­i­cally grow, and the bears were likely for­ag­ing for food. They say the bears likely died sud­denly.

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