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Black Bear Lethally Removed From YNP

Submitted by rebecca on June 27, 2013 – 10:42 amNo Comment

A black bear that refused to leave a Yellowstone National Park campground after obtaining human food was lethally removed by Yellowstone National Park staff on Saturday evening, June 22.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. that day, a 142-pound adult male black bear entered the Canyon Campground and approached within six feet of a man and woman eating.  The campers backed off and the bear ate some of their  food.  The bear also went through the campers’ garbage and sniffed and pawed at their tent.  The bear then left the site and sniffed and pawed at other tents, bear-proof dumpsters and bear-proof food storage boxes and dug through fire pits in other campsites in the campground.

Rangers responded and hazed the bear out of the campground, but the bear returned and re-entered the campground.  Due to safety concerns for park visitors, the bear was shot and killed at approximately 9:00 p.m.

Park visitors are reminded to keep food, garbage, coolers and other attractants stored in hard-sided vehicles or bear-proof food storage boxes.  This helps keep bears from becoming conditioned to human foods, and helps keep park visitors and their property safe.

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