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Gazette Premium Content Black bear that stole family picnic euthanized

Associated Press Updated: July 22, 2014 at 5:46 pm

WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — A 5-year-old black bear that frightened a family away from their picnic in Glacier National Park has been euthanized for that and other behavior that indicated it did not fear people.

Park officials said the male bear was killed on July 18, a day after charging at a picnic table at the Two Medicine picnic area. The family retreated to their vehicle and the bear ate their food.

A park ranger used rubber bullets and beanbags to haze the bear away from the area.

Rangers say the same 225-pound bear had been seen digging in a fire pit and wandering on and near the park trail system in the area, making it a threat to human safety.

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