Accident Kills Bear During Capture - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Accident Kills Bear During Capture

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park says an injured and undernourished young bear was killed in an accident during an attempted capture.

Park officials say the bear was lured into a trap on Friday but attempted to run back out as the gate was slamming shut. Officials say the gate struck the bear in the back of the neck and killed it instantly.

Officials say the bear had been seen in the Old Faithful area for a couple of weeks and appeared to be injured, underweight and blind in one eye. Officials wanted to see if it could be saved or needed to be killed.

They say an examination after bear died showed it was so underweight and badly injured by canine wounds that it would have been euthanized.
      

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