Wicked Local Newton’s Trevor Jones details the decision by state environmental police to use lethal force shoot and kill that bear in Newton on Sunday…

Bears are capable of running up to 35 mph, and the proximity of the 130-pound animal to neighborhoods and traffic led the officers to conclude lethal force was necessary.

“If he had come down, he could have been down on the Mass Pike or on the rail lines or into the neighborhoods within seconds,” said Baker. “There could have been a human interaction that we try and avoid.”