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Grizzly bear euthanized after breaking into a home and killing a human in July in West Yellowstone



Bozeman, Montana – The grizzly bear that was put to death on Saturday, September 2, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), was the same creature that killed 48-year-old Amie Adamson of Kansas in July.

A resident in West Yellowstone notified FWP wardens early on Saturday morning that a grizzly bear cub had entered their home through a window while they were home and taken a container of dog food.

Later that evening, members of the FWP shot the adult grizzly and grabbed the cub.

“The adult bear was shot with authorization from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service because of the immediate danger that was posed by the bear’s food-conditioned behavior,” said Morgan Jacobsen, information and education program manager for Montana FWP Region 3.

“This bear was euthanized because it entered somebody’s home, which is very unsafe behavior, very unnatural behavior for bears,” he added.

The 10-year-old female grizzly was seized in 2017 for scientific investigation, according to FWP. The bear was identified by genetic testing and other distinguishing characteristics as the one that attacked and killed Adamson on July 22.

“After the incident in July where the woman was killed, there was an extensive effort to trap that bear. We had traps set for several days following that incident in that area of West Yellowstone, but those trapping efforts were not successful,” Jacobsen said.

According to FWP, the bear harmed a person in 2020 in Idaho close to Henrys Lake State Park.

The 46-pound male cub is being cared for at FWP’s wildlife rehabilitation facility in Helena until he is eventually sent to a zoo.

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