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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wardens captured and killed the black bear on Thursday that was suspected of biting a camper in the ear near St. Regis.

The wardens also killed the sow's cub of the year after confirming reports the bears had become accustomed to human food.

"It's a sad ending," FWP Warden Capt. Jeff Darrah said on Thursday afternoon. "This bear had been seen by several local residents in garbage. Once she was seen chewing a hot-tub pool cover."

On Monday, the 170-pound sow bear chewed through the tent of Ellensburg, Wash., resident Rob Holmes. It took 21 stitches to reattach Holmes' earlobe. He and a friend were camped by the Little Joe River about four miles from St. Regis, at a U.S. Forest Service primitive camping site.

Darrah said another campsite about 100 yards away was strewn with litter and food abandoned by other campers. He also found bear tooth marks in one of Holmes' coolers that contained only fishing worms - indicating the bear was used to checking out human sources of food.

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