Yesterday I wrote about an interesting question about bear attacks in the wild.
The post was written due to the recent tragic death of a hiker killed by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park last week. It was stated that deadly encounters between bears and humans in the park was rare.
After a bear and her cubs were caught close to where the man’s remains were found, (depending on DNA tests) the bear would be put down if it was the one that killed the man.
Is it fair that a bear living in its own habitat, the wild is being held responsible for acting like a wild bear? Well that depends.
Well soon after I published my post, I came across a tweet from Outside Magazine stating that the accused bear had been put down.
A comment on my post from omatravel mentioned that “CNN is reporting they euthanized the mother bear because the attack and what happened after was more than self-defense. They’ll attempt to send the Cubs to a zoo. I think in this case they were justified in killing the bear due to the possibility of the bear attacking another person“.
I did a quick search and found the CNN article (it was also linked to in the Outside Magazine article update!) and have to agree here with omatravel but still am a bit torn.
CNN mentions that the “grizzly bear was euthanized after an autopsy confirmed she killed the hiker in Yellowstone National Park“.
The autopsy results confirmed that the hiker died due to injuries caused by the grizzly bear and didn’t die prior to the bear crossing paths with him. Evidence also showed the female grizzly to be his attacker.
When bears attack/ kill humans in parks, the animal is not always put down. According to Yahoo, “If a grizzly hurts someone while acting in a naturally aggressive way, then the bear goes free. If a grizzly acts unnaturally aggressive, though, and injures a person, it must be euthanized“.
So why was the female grizzly from Yellowstone put down? It turns out that the bear ate a large portion of the man’s body and hid the rest to come back for later on. CNN mentions that “normal defensive attacks by female bears defending their young do not involve consumption of the victim’s body“.
I had first read that the two cubs would also have to be put down if the mother bear was but now it is reported that they will be “transferred to a facility accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums“.
The trail and other areas close to where the hiker was found has been closed since he was found on August 7. It was to reopen today, August 14.
Find out more from CNN here.