Grizzly bear that attacked woman in Yellowstone euthanized.

Grizzly Bear Shot After Breaking into Montana ⁣Home

State officials in Montana took⁤ decisive action last weekend‍ when⁤ a grizzly bear and its cub broke into a home ⁢in the Greater Yellowstone area. The homeowner’s terrifying encounter⁤ led to‌ the bear being put down ​by ‌the ⁣Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife⁣ and⁢ Parks.

According to ‌a local ​NBC ⁤affiliate, the​ parent grizzly​ was ⁤euthanized that night after consultation ​with the ⁤U.S.‌ Fish and ⁣Wildlife Service. ​The ⁣bear had a⁣ history of violence, prompting officials to take action.

A History of Conflict

The 10-year-old female grizzly had been captured for research purposes in ⁤2017. Genetic⁤ analysis and other identifying characteristics confirmed‍ that the bear was involved in⁢ a⁣ fatal attack on a woman near⁣ West Yellowstone in⁢ July. The bear was also involved in an encounter in Idaho that injured a person near ⁣Henrys Lake State Park in 2020.

Although each encounter ​was‍ ruled ‌as a “defensive​ response,” the bear’s deadly ⁤attack on a hiker‍ in Yellowstone ‍was ​determined to not be predatory, according to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

The male⁢ cub involved in​ the incident was taken‍ to a ‌wildlife rehab center until it can‍ be transferred to a zoo.

A Growing Problem

Grizzly bears‍ have become a significant issue for residents in western states as their⁢ population exceeds recovery goals. Republicans are now pushing ⁤for the bear to be delisted from its‌ endangered status, allowing local governments to ⁤manage wildlife ⁤responsibly.

In ⁣the Greater Yellowstone​ Ecosystem alone, the grizzly bear population has jumped from 136 in the year they were listed as ⁢endangered to an‍ estimated 1,063 ​in 2021. This exceeds the threshold required⁢ to lose their endangered status.

The Debate Continues

While some argue for⁤ returning ‌species management to‍ the State of Wyoming, far-left policymakers⁤ are​ fighting to⁣ keep protections in place. ⁣Democrats ⁢have opposed delisting efforts on Capitol Hill.

Author⁤ and photographer Cat Urbigkit, who operates a sheep ranch in western Wyoming, believes that grizzlies should be ⁤managed rather than fully protected. She argues ‌that it is naive to think otherwise.

Tristan Justice is ⁤the western correspondent ⁤for⁤ The ‌Federalist and the author of Social Justice Redux, a‍ conservative newsletter on‌ culture, health, and wellness. He has also written ‍for The Washington Examiner and​ The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured ‍in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan graduated from George ‍Washington ⁣University where he majored in political science and minored⁢ in journalism. Follow⁢ him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him ⁣at [email protected]. Sign‍ up for Tristan’s email newsletter here.

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