published : 2023-09-07
Grizzly Bear that Killed Woman Near Yellowstone Euthanized after Breaking into Montana House
Grizzly Bear Killed, Cub Captured after Breaking into West Yellowstone Home
A grizzly bear linked to the death of a woman near Yellowstone National Park in July has met its end after breaking into a Montana home.
Officials announced on Wednesday that the bear, along with its cub, had broken through a kitchen window of an unoccupied home in West Yellowstone and taken a container of dog food.
Due to the immediate threat to public safety posed by the bear's food-conditioned behavior, authorities shot the adult grizzly and later captured the cub on Saturday evening.
The adult bear, a 10-year-old female, had been captured for research purposes back in 2017 and was genetically analyzed to confirm its involvement in the death of 48-year-old Amie Adamson near Yellowstone National Park.
Furthermore, it was discovered that the bear had also been involved in a non-fatal attack near Henrys Lake State Park in Idaho last year.
Both incidents were determined to be defensive responses by the bear.
Though efforts to capture the bear after the July attack were unsuccessful, wildlife officials were finally able to successfully resolve the threat it posed by euthanizing it.
Amie Adamson, a former teacher from Kansas, met her unfortunate fate on a trail near Yellowstone National Park in July.
Tragically, she did not have bear spray on her, and an examination revealed that she died from excessive blood loss caused by a bear mauling.
Meanwhile, the cub, weighing 46 pounds, is currently being held at a wildlife rehabilitation center while arrangements are made to transfer it to a zoo.
Authorities urged residents and visitors to be vigilant and 'bear aware,' as grizzly bear populations have become denser and more widespread in Montana.
This proliferation increases the likelihood of bear encounters.
Grizzly bears, protected under U.S. law in areas outside of Alaska, roam the Yellowstone region of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, as well as around Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana.
In a separate development, the Biden administration has taken a preliminary step toward ending federal protections for grizzly bears, a move supported by elected officials in the Yellowstone region who advocate for grizzly hunting.
More than 1,000 grizzlies currently inhabit the Yellowstone region, with a similar number living in northwestern Montana around Glacier National Park.