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Officials Put Mother Grizzly To Death For Camper Maulings

Jul 30, 2010

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The mother grizzly bear captured along with her cubs after attacks on three campers near Yellowstone Park which left one dead and two wounded was put to death, officials said Friday.

Wildlife officials said the female grizzly was positively identified through DNA as being involved in the attacks and that the year-old cubs also took part. Officials were trying to find a zoo that would take the cubs.

An excerpt from the Associated Press (Warning - It contains details about what happened to one of the bears' victims that will disturb some readers) :

Authorities said the bear family, under the tutelage of the mother, specifically targeted campers — a sharp departure from the usual behavior of grizzlies attacking only when threatened or surprised.

Evidence indicated all three cubs likely participated in what Warden Capt. Sam Sheppard called a sustained attack on Kevin Kammer of Grand Rapids, Mich. He was pulled from his tent and dragged 25 feet. At least one of the bears fed on his body.

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