COMMENT: After two hours, the bear meandered away and park officials got the two men to safety. A human-wildlife conflict specialist for the federal parks agency said the decision to kill the male bear was sad and was made reluctantly. The bear had a history of charging runners and cyclists, roaming through populated areas and once climbing onto a Canadian Pacific rail car and threatening workers who approached. Officials said it was the first ordered killing of a grizzly bear in Canada's national parks since 1995.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Hiking Guide, Japanese Tourist Treed by Aggressive Grizzly in Alberta
Parks Canada officials said that they were forced to kill a 350-pound grizzly bear that treed two hikers (a guide and a Japanese tourist) in Alberta earlier in the week because its behavior was becoming increasingly aggressive. The bear has been wearing a radio-tracking collar for more than three years and was identified as Bear No. 8. Parks officials decided Wednesday (September 28) to locate and kill the 6-year-old animal, two days after it chased the two men up a tree and climbed after them in Banff National Park.