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Grizzly bear shot near campground

August 19, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

A disturbingly friendly grizzly bear that had boldly wandered through campgrounds and sniffed food and around the edges of tents has been killed after Glacier National Park officials determined the animal had become too much of a threat to humans.

One of her two yearling cubs died after being tranquilized. The other will be moved to the Bronx Zoo. Park rangers shot the 17-year-old grizzly about 300 yards from the Oldman Lake Campground.

Rangers attempted to resuscitate the one yearling by performing mouth-to-nose breathing. "The unintended death of this yearling grizzly is a very unfortunate outcome," Glacier Superintendent Chas Cartwright said.

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