Food-Conditioned Black Bear Euthanized
Contact: Denise Germann, 406 888 5838
Glacier National Park Rangers euthanized a black bear from the Many Glacier area on Tuesday, June 17 after an incident in which the bear exhibited apparent food-conditioned behavior.
Park rangers also report witnessing several incidents in which the bear was found foraging for food near the Many Glacier Road, and physically contacting visitor vehicles. This bear was determined to be a food-conditioned bear and a potential threat to human safety.
After Glacier National Park personnel verified that the correct animal had been captured through distinct markings, the bear was euthanized. This action is consistent with Glacier National Park’s Bear Management Plan. The male bear was approximately five years old and weighed 160 pounds.
If you see a bear along the road, please do not stop. Stopping and watching roadside bears will likely start a "bear jam" as other motorists follow your lead. "Bear jams" are hazardous to both people and bears as visibility is reduced and bears may feel threatened by the congestion. Report all bear sightings to the nearest ranger.
Did You Know?
Did you know that in 1995, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park was designated a World Heritage Site? World Heritage Sites are places that are recognized as being significant to the whole world.