Injured bear found in Golden Gate Estates euthanized

A bear lies nearly motionless breathing heavily in a shallow pond at a resident's house off 4th Ave SE in Golden Gate Estates on Sept. 27, 2010. The bear had a puncture wound on its left side into its lungs and was transported to St. Francis Animal Clinic in Naples. Greg Kahn/Staff

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A bear lies nearly motionless breathing heavily in a shallow pond at a resident's house off 4th Ave SE in Golden Gate Estates on Sept. 27, 2010. The bear had a puncture wound on its left side into its lungs and was transported to St. Francis Animal Clinic in Naples. Greg Kahn/Staff

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A bear found injured in a Golden Gate Estates back yard Monday was euthanized this afternoon at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The male black bear appeared to have been struck by a car several days ago and suffered a collapsed lung and broken ribs, the Conservancy said Monday. The bear had a hole in its side leading to some speculation that it had been shot.

Veterinarian Jeffrey Noble, at St. Francis Animal Clinic in Naples, performed surgery Monday but the bear showed no signs of improving today and was suffering from its injuries, the Conservation Commission said.

Homeowners called the Conservation Commission after finding the bear laying on its left side in a shallow pond.

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