Grizzly kills man near Yellowstone, authorities kill grizzly

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Wildlife officials on Saturday morning tracked down and killed a grizzly bear that they suspected killed a 70-year old man on Thursday near the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park. CNN reported that the victim, Erwin Frank Evert, was the husband of a woman who was part of a team that just previously had trapped and released a bear, but the Billings Gazette story does not mention that relationship.

Here is an excerpt from the CNN article:

Agents tracked the bear via a radio collar and killed it near the site of the attack, said the spokesman, Eric Kezsler.

The Park County Sheriff’s Office had closed part of the Shoshone National Forest while they searched for the large adult male bear, which apparently attacked Erwin Frank Evert after being captured and tranquilized there by researchers Thursday.

Evert was unarmed and fatally wounded, the sheriff’s office said. He was in the forest with his wife, a member of a federal team of researchers studying grizzly bears, authorities said.

Members of the team had packed up their equipment and left the area after tranquilizing the bear and putting the radio collar on it, the sheriff’s office said. But officials said Evert was attacked when he wandered back into the capture area, located in the Kitty Creek Drainage.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.