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Adult Bear Euthanized and Cubs Relocated After Being Fed by Visitors
The saying goes that, “a fed bear is a dead bear.” And, unfortunately, this recently proved true for a female black bear in search of food for her cubs in Grand Teton National Park.
Last fall, two visitors to the national park were observed feeding fruit to three black bears from separate vehicles. The bears—a mom and two cubs—received several food rewards and made contact with numerous cars along the road.
Due to the bears’ comfort with humans, and the associated risks to the public, park managers made the tough call to capture and remove the bears from the park. The mother, not being a good candidate for a zoo or educational facility, was put down—a tragic example of the consequences that can arise when people are reckless with food around wildlife.
With the right awareness of Leave No Trace principles, like how to store food and respect wildlife, this bear could have been saved. Let’s give wildlife their best chance at survival. Make a tax-deductible donation to Leave No Trace today to fuel education that helps save wild animals by teaching people the skills and techniques needed to respect them.
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