Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

News

Glacier NP Kills Two Grizzly Bears

A mother and her cub are euthanized after getting too friendly with humans.

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth fitness, nutrition, and adventure courses and more than 2,000 instructional videos when you sign up for Outside+ Sign up for Outside+ today.

Rangers in Glacier National Park killed a 17-year-old mother grizzly bear with two yearling cubs after she got too friendly with humans. They attempted to tranquilize her cubs for removal, but one died as a result. The other will move permanently to the Bronx Zoo.

The mother bear had a history of shadowing hikers and visiting campsites, and while she never seemed threatening, defensively, or aggressive, park officials worried that her attraction to humans would eventually lead to trouble. The female bear regularly tramped through campsites and sniffed food at the edges of tents. Attempts to haze her with rubber bullets, dogs, and pepper spray mostly didn’t work.

The bear was shot and killed while approaching the park’s Old Man Lake campground, which was full of hikers at the time. Park officials warned that the cubs had likely learned to associate with humans form their mother, and their chances of survival in the wild were unlikely.

—Ted Alvarez

Grizzly sow, yearling cub killed in Glacier National Park (Missoulian)