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Tetonia Idaho bear news

Officials kill grizzly bear that attacked eastern Idaho man
Posted by The Associated Press April 16, 2007 09:11AM
Categories: Breaking News
A grizzly bear that mauled an eastern Idaho man last week has been killed, authorities said.

The 15-year-old male grizzly that weighed 350 to 400 pounds was caught in a snare -- a cable loop trap that holds the bear's leg -- and then shot by officials on Saturday.

Game wardens and Teton County sheriff's deputies had been trying to capture the bear since the Tuesday attack on 33-year-old Timothy Henderson, who spent three days in a hospital before being released Friday with multiple claw and bite wounds.

"I think this whole situation was unfortunate for Mr. Henderson and the bear," Doug Petersen, a conservation officer with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, told the Idaho Statesman.

Henderson was attacked at dusk when he went out to look for his dog, Ladybug, who came running back with the bear in pursuit. Ladybug got away but Henderson didn't.

Officials and Henderson said the bear was likely guarding a winter-killed moose carcass -- normal grizzly bear behavior -- about 50 yards from Henderson's cabin.

The cabin is in grizzly bear habitat near the Wyoming border northeast of Tetonia.

Officials said the bear had an ear tag indicating it had been caught before in Grand Teton National Park.

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