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Bear Ignores Eviction, Is Destroyed

June 27, 2013 Greater Yellowstone, State of Wyoming No Comments
Canyon Bear

A visitor to the Canyon Campground in Yellowstone National Park has been put to death after refusing to leave.  Park Spokesman Dan Hottle says a 142-pound adult male black bear had entered the campground Saturday and approached a man and a woman who were dining at their campsite.  When the couple retreated, the bear helped himself to their meal, went through their trash and pawed at their tent.  Then, Hottle says, the bear proceeded to make the rounds to other campsites.  When rangers arrived, Hottle says they hazed the bear from the campground – but he immediately turned around and went back in.  Hottle says, “When he returned, we knew he wasn’t going to be getting out of there anytime soon: so we had to take action to lethally remove him from the park, unfortunately.”  He says with the bear after food rewards and getting into tents, park officials determined it was an immediate safety concern.  Hottle says it is unusual to see circumstances like this that lead to a bear’s destruction.  He says while he has seen in the past that grizzly and black bears have had to be removed from the population after they had become habituated to human foods and had returned several times after being hazed away, this is the first time he has seen a bear come into a public area and refuse to be hazed away.

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