WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (AP) — A grizzly bear fatally abused a woman A human who was attacked on a forest trail west of Yellowstone National Park in July and also attacked in Idaho three years ago was killed after breaking into a home near West Yellowstone over the weekend, wildlife officials said in Montana on Wednesday with.
Early Saturday, a homeowner reported that a bear carrying a cub broke through a kitchen window and took a container of dog food, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said in a statement.
Later that day, agency employees captured the cub and shot the 10-year-old grizzly bear with permission from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, as grizzly bears are protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Genetic analysis and other identifying factors confirmed that the bear was involved in the July 22 fatal attack on Amie Adamson, 48, a former Kansas schoolteacher, about eight miles from West Yellowstone. Try to catch the bear were unsuccessful at the time.
The bear, captured for research in 2017, was also involved in an Idaho attack that injured a person near Henrys Lake State Park in 2020. The park is 16 miles (26 kilometers) by road from West Yellowstone.
Both encounters with humans were believed to be defensive reactions from the bear, officials said.
The bear’s 46-pound (21-kilogram) male cub is being held at the State Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Helena while preparations are made for transfer to a zoo.
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