Grizzly Bear That Killed a Hiker Has Been Euthanized

Grizzly that killed hiker in Yellowstone National Park has been euthanized. (Screenshot/YouTube)
Grizzly that killed hiker in Yellowstone National Park has been euthanized. (Screenshot/YouTube)

The grizzly bear that was involved in the attack of a hiker, whose body was found partially eaten in Yellowstone National Park, has been euthanized. After the bear was trapped and DNA testing confirmed the 259-pound (117-kg) bear was involved, it was heavily sedated and put down with a bolt, park spokeswoman Amy Bartlett said.

Bartlett, a spokesperson for Yellowstone, said: “(DNA) analysis of bear hair samples collected next to Crosby’s body confirmed the adult female grizzly bear that was captured at the scene on the night the body was discovered was the bear involved in the fatal attack.”

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There was additional evidence, which included “the bear and cubs were at the attack site when Crosby’s body was found by park rangers, bear tracks of a female with cubs were found at Crosby’s body,” that it was “captured at the fatality site within 24 hours of the body being found, and canine puncture wounds inflicted on the victim are consistent with the bite size of the female captured at the site.”

Based on all of the evidence: “This adult female grizzly was the bear involved in the fatality and was euthanized today. An important fact in the decision to euthanize the bear was that a significant portion of the body was consumed and cached with the intent to return for further feeding. Normal defensive attacks by female bears defending their young do not involve consumption of the victim’s body,” she added.

Yellowstone officials had said they would euthanize the bear if the DNA test confirmed it was the attacker.

People objected to this because the hiker hadn’t taken any of the recommended precautions to avoid such an attack (carrying bear spray or hiking with another person).

The two cubs, who also fed on the body, are to be taken to a facility that has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), details of their placement is still being finalized. “Cubs can adapt to a facility much easier, and there is no danger of them learning humans are food,” Bartlett said.

Dan Wenk, Yellowstone National Park Superintendent, said in a statement: “As managers of Yellowstone National Park, we balance the preservation of park resources with public safety. Our decision takes into account the facts of the case, the goals of the bear management program, and the long-term viability of the grizzly bear population as a whole, rather than an individual bear.”

Bears that are involved in fatal attacks are not always killed, especially when it is considered a defensive one in which the animal was protecting its young. “Had this bear just had a defensive attack, we would probably be looking at a different outcome,” Bartlett said.

When you break all the rules when it comes to being in bear country, why should the bear be killed? I understand that it may turn into a killer, but it may not. It is irresponsible hikers that don’t follow the simple rules that get bears killed. A simple bear spray may have change the situation. What do you think? Leave a comment.

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