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Habituated Yellowstone grizzly bear euthanized



An aggressive, habituated grizzly bear conditioned to human foods was

captured and euthanized by Yellowstone National Park staff on

August 1.


For the past three years, the 4-year-old, 258-pound male bear had been

unsuccessfully hazed at least 25 times from the Lake Village, Bridge Bay

Campground and Fishing Bridge developments. On July 30, the bear

aggressively approached and then charged at a man sitting along the Storm

Point Trail on the north edge of Yellowstone Lake.


The man threw his pack at the bear, which stopped the bear’s charge.

However, the bear then tore into the man’s pack and ate the food inside.


Due to the bear’s history of associating people with food, repeated

visitation to developed areas within the park and numerous unsuccessful

hazing attempts, the bear posed a threat to the safety of park visitors.

Efforts to relocate food-conditioned bears have also generally proven

unsuccessful because the bears simply return to the areas from which they

were removed.


Park visitors are reminded to keep food, garbage, coolers and other

attractants stored in hard-sided vehicles or bear-proof food storage boxes.


Hikers in bear country are encouraged to travel in groups of three or more,

carry bear spray, make plenty of noise on the trail, and to be alert

for the presence of bears.  If a bear charges during a surprise encounter,

stand your ground, do not run, and use your bear pepper spray.


Park regulations require that people stay at least 100 yards away from

black and grizzly bears at all times.  The best defense against bear

attacks is to stay a safe distance from bears.


Bear sightings should be reported to the nearest visitor center or ranger

station as soon as possible.

Megan Paulson is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Outlaw Partners.

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