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Grizzly bear euthanized after fall in Glacier National Park

Posted at 7:57 AM, Jul 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-19 09:57:36-04

WEST GLACIER – A grizzly bear has been put down at Glacier National Park after apparently falling onto the Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Glacier National Park spokeswoman Lauren Alley said rangers discovered a partially paralyzed grizzly bear that had apparently fallen about 20 feet onto the road near Rim Rock at around 11:30 p.m. on July 15.

The bear suffered severe traumatic injuries and Alley said in a news release that after consulting with the park’s wildlife biologist rangers the animal was euthanized.

A National Park Service necropsy showed significant trauma to the animal’s thoracic vertebrae, broken ribs, and a dislocated hip. The female bear was estimated to be 5 to 7 years old and appeared to be in otherwise good health, according to Alley.

There are an estimated 300 grizzly bears in Glacier National Park.