Yellowstone National Park Rangers Put Down Black Bear After It Obtained Human Food
A black bear that raided some campers' food and rummaged through a campground in Yellowstone National Park was put down by rangers.
The 142-pound boar entered the Canyon Campground about 3:30 p.m. Saturday and approached a man and a woman eating at their campsite. The campers backed away from their meal, and the bear ate some of it, according to a park release.
"The bear also went through the campers’ garbage and sniffed and pawed at their tent. The bear then left the site and sniffed and pawed at other tents, bear-proof dumpsters and bear-proof food storage boxes and dug through fire pits in other campsites in the campground," the release went on.
While rangers hazed the bear out of the campground, it later returned.
"Due to safety concerns for park visitors, the bear was shot and killed at approximately 9 p.m.," the release said.
In the wake of the incident, park officials remind visitors that they need to keep food, garbage, coolers and other attractants stored in hard-sided vehicles or bear-proof food storage boxes.