The vet arrived a short time later and the bear was successfully tranquilized and relocated with out incident. We received a bill from the vet for about $600, which was expected. Since wild animals fall under the purview of the DNR we sent them the bill requesting them to cover the costs. I was surprised and disappointed when I received a response from the DNR that wild animals in the City limits are the police department's responsibility and we should shoot and kill the bears in the future - if we feel they are a safety concern. Considering the DNR 2010-2011 budget was over $900 million dollars I thought the least they could do is help us out with the bill for dealing with a wild bear downtown.
Now I have a lot of good friends who work at the DNR and know they work hard to serve the public. This isn't about the dedicated, hard working boots on the ground. It is about money and resources. In recent years the City of
What happened with the vet bill? We paid the vet for her services out of the police department's budget.