Black bear

Black bear.

BOZEMAN — Montana wildlife officials say a black bear has been killed after it was captured for ripping up a tent in a campground.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks supervisor Mark Deleray tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle that the decision to kill the bear was made to avoid future conflicts because it had become accustomed to people.

FWP spokesman Greg Lemon confirmed the bear was euthanized Tuesday morning.

Deleray says people driving past a campsite in Hyalite Canyon on Saturday saw the bear breaking into the tent. They yelled at the bear, but it showed no fear.

FWP officials set a trap, and the bear was captured Sunday. Deleray says it is very likely the same bear that caused run-ins with people in the area last year.

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