Yellowstone Grizzly Euthanized After Being Connected to 2 Dead Hikers
Hiker Brian Matayoshi was hiking in Yellowstone, when he was killed by a grizzly sow. She was not tracked or tagged as she was a mother defending her two cubs in the attack on Matayoshi. Then hiker John Wallace turns up dead as well, and the same grizzly is associated with the area as the dead hiker. DNA from bear hair and piles of bear scat were enough evidence that the sow was in the area where Wallace died.
Yellowstone officials deemed it necessary to track down the sow and euthanize her. The two cubs were taken into confinement.
"We will more than likely never know what role, if any, the sow might have played in Mr. Wallace’s death due to the lack of witnesses and presence of multiple bears at the incident scene," said Superintendent Dan Wenk. "But because the DNA analysis indicates the same bear was present at the scene of both fatalities, we euthanized her to eliminate the risk of future interaction with Yellowstone visitors and staff."
Also in the area surrounding where Wallace was found were 2 bison carcasses that bears were feeding on, and 17 bear "daybeds." The investigation into what happened to Wallace and the bears will continue into the fall. From Yellowstone Insider.
Photo of Yellowstone grizzly bear -- not the killer -- courtesy of National Park Service.