No link for the actual story of the bear?
The government (of course) claimed he was blood thirsty, and humans would be on the menu next. Supposedly they at least did try non-lethal means for a while...
From that wikipedia article:
JJ1 was described as bloodthirsty, clever, and fast. Bavarian prime minister Edmund Stoiber referred to him as a Problembär ("problem bear"). Farmers claimed the bear "enjoyed killing," because he typically killed sheep without eating them. This behavior, common among predators, was construed as being caused by interaction with people.
As of 21 June 2006, his kills included 33 sheep, four domestic rabbits, one guinea pig, as well as some hens and goats. Further concern was expressed due to the proximity of the bear's preferred prey to humans.