Grizzly bear euthanized after apparent fall in Glacier NP

Posted at 12:06 PM, Jul 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-19 14:06:57-04

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 says that 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 15th .

The bear had sustained severe traumatic injuries and Alley says 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 five-to-seven years old and appeared to be in otherwise good health, according to Alley.

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