Aggressive Black Bear Euthanized in Glacier

By Beacon Staff

Glacier National Park rangers captured and killed an aggressive black bear in the Fish Creek campground Tuesday after receiving multiple reports the the bear was exhibiting food-conditioned behavior toward visitors.

According to a press release from a Glacier Park spokeswoman, the bear was frequenting the popular campground just off the Camas Road approximately 21/2 miles from Apgar Village on the west side of the park. On a daily basis for the past two weeks, the bear was entering campsites, foraging and charging visitors.

The female bear weighed about 100 pounds and was approximately 3 years old, according to the release.

“Attempts to haze were unsuccessful in deterring the bear from frequenting the campground,” spokeswoman Jennifer Lutman stated.

Park rangers set traps and caught the bear at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 21. After verifying that it was the suspect bear, park personnel euthanized the animal, which is consistent with the park’s bear management plan.

“This bear was determined to be a food-conditioned bear and a potential threat to human safety,” according to Lutman.

Food-conditioned bears are those that have sought and obtained non-natural food, destroyed property or displayed aggressive, non-defensive behavior toward humans.

Park regulations require visitors to store food and cookware in vehicles, food lockers or bear-proof containers.

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