Posted: Jul 23, 2013 1:45 PM by MTN News
Glacier National Park Rangers captured and euthanized a black bear in the Fish Creek Campground area on Monday after numerous incidents in which the bear exhibited aggressive and food-conditioned behavior towards park visitors.
The bear was frequenting the Fish Creek Campground area and displaying aggressive behavior almost daily for the past two weeks, according to a press release from park officials.
Fish Creek Campground is located just off the Camas Road about 2.5 miles from Apgar Village on the west side of Glacier National Park. It is the second largest campground in the park.
Park officials say the bear was entering campsites, foraging and charging visitors. Officials say that such behavior is consistent with behavior displayed by habituated and food-conditioned wildlife.
Attempts to haze the bear were unsuccessful in deterring the bear from frequenting the campground.
The female bear was approximately three years old and weighed 100 pounds.
Rangers set traps and captured the bear on Sunday, July 21.
After park staff verified that the correct animal had been captured through distinct markings, the bear was euthanized, consistent with Glacier National Park's Bear Management Plan.
The bear was determined to be a food-conditioned bear and a potential threat to human safety. Food-conditioned bears are those that have sought and obtained non-natural foods, destroyed property or displayed aggressive non-defensive behavior towards humans, and are removed from the wild. Food-conditioned bears are not relocated due to human safety concerns.
Black bears are not good candidates for animal capture facilities such as zoos and animal parks due to the plentiful nature of the species throughout the United States.