A black bear was euthanized after taking food from campers in a Montana national park, officials said.
Glacier National Park staff euthanized a bear after obtaining food and “exhibiting behavior that endangers human safety,” the National Park Service said in a press release Thursday.
Officials said that on August 28, the bear was walking around the Many Glacier campground and did not respond when people tried to move it. The next day, the bear returned to the campsite and started pulling apples from the open camper truck.
The bear began to eat the sconces, “showing little fear of humans” and when park staff tried to “fog the bear” they tried to go to another campsite where the campers were preparing the day. breakfast, according to the authorities. The bear returned half an hour later, officials said.
DNA was collected from both campsites and will be tested to see if it is the same bear, officials said. On September 1, a female bear was trapped near the Many Glacier area and was euthanized, the NPS said. The bear was about 4 years old, around 120 pounds, and in good health.
“Food conditioned bears are those who have sought and obtained unnatural foods, destroyed property or displayed aggressive and non-defensive behavior towards humans and are removed from the wild,” officials said. “Given the behavior of this bear and the successful acquisition of human food, the decision was made to remove the animal from the park. Once a bear has become food conditioned, hazing and aversive conditioning are unlikely to be successful in reversing this type of behavior. “
Officials said black bears are not “good candidates for animal capture facilities such as zoos and wildlife parks due to the species’ abundant nature” across the country.
Campers are urged to keep campgrounds free of litter and food that may attract bears, and local residents and businesses are reminded to keep garbage, pet food, feed, animal feed, Hummingbird feeders and birdseed safe.
Park service said if you see a bear, don’t stop to look as it could trigger a “bear jam” that would cause other motorists to stop as well. “Bear traffic jams” could be dangerous because they restrict the bear’s movement, limit its visibility, and increase the chances of the bear approaching people and cars in the future.