Posted: Jun 26, 2013 2:37 PM
A black bear was shot and killed after it refused to leave a Yellowstone National Park campground.
The adult male bear came within six feet of a man and woman who were eating in the Canyon Campground on the afternoon of Saturday, June 22. The campers backed off and the bear ate some of their food then went through the garbage and sniffed and pawed at their tent, according to a news release from the park.
The bear left the campsite then sniffed and pawed at other tents and bear-proof containers and dug through fire pits, according to the park.
Rangers hazed the bear out of the campground, but it returned. Due to safety concerns for park visitors, the bear was shot and killed that evening.
The park reminds visitors 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.