2nd Aggressive Black Bear Euthanized In Yellowstone

nps.gov, Bear Hunting Magazine

Rangers in Yellowstone National Park removed a 130-pound sub-adult male black bear because it became conditioned to human food, posing a continuing threat to the safety of park visitors and employees. This is the second conditioned black bear to be euthanized since July 10.

The bear had been getting food from hikers backpacks in the Hellroaring and Yellowstone River drainages in the north end of the park. There have been multiple incidents involving this bear damaging property and obtaining human foods in the Hellroaring and Yellowstone River drainages. The bear could be identified by his distinct brown/black mixed coloring.

Repeated efforts to trap the bear were unsuccessful. Late afternoon on July 23rd, however, park staff caught this bear in the act of ripping into the packs of a large group of backcountry hikers. Based on his aggressive behavior, lack of fear of people, and its success at getting human food, the decision was made to immediately euthanize the bear. The area was cleared of all visitors and the bear was shot.

Park regulations require you to stay a hundred yard, the length of a football field, away from black and grizzly bears at all times. The best defense is to stay a safe distance from bears and use your binoculars, telescope, or telephoto lens to get a closer look.

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