Elk NetworkMulti-Offender Grizzly Bear Put Down in Wyoming

General | May 13, 2020

The chances finally ran out for grizzly 802, an adult male that became increasingly bold and destructive in its behavior, including breaking out a window to a home.

Wildlife officials successfully captured the bear and put it down.

“The number of conflicts is long, particularly starting in 2017,” Mark Gocke, Wyoming Game and Fish Department spokesman, told the Jackson Hole News & Guide. “The past three years the bear got increasingly more bold and destructive, breaking into outbuildings and being on people’s porches.”

Game and Fish personnel baited a culvert trap in Grant Teton National Park and, even though the bear passed it by on previous occasions, it took the bait and entered.

“It had been given ample time to live out its life as a wild bear, but it was clear that it wasn’t going to break its habits of wanting to go for human foods,” Gocke said. “This behavior in this bear had gone on for so long that it left us with no options.”

(Photo source: Wyoming Game and Fish Department)