Famous Teton grizzly bear killed

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One of famed grizzly bear 399’s four offspring was euthanized Tuesday as the result of behavior problems.

According to US Fish and Wildlife Service Spokesman Joe Szuszwalak, the action follows more than thirteen documented conflicts involving bear #1057 since May. He says this increasingly dangerous behavior included an interaction where a resident attempted to haze the bear from their front porch with warning shots, but the bear remained on the porch and showed no reaction.

The Wyoming Game & Fish Department requested authorization for the humane removal by euthanasia of bear #1057 and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorized the action. The decision was out of concern for human safety as this bear became more emboldened in its behavior while seeking food rewards and habituation to the presence of humans.

Szuszwalak says the Service continues to work with Wyoming Game & Fish and other partners to educate the public about reducing grizzly bear conflicts and continues to ask for the help of residents and visitors to secure attractants around homes, rental properties, and businesses.

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