Grizzly destroyed after stalking hikers

Thursday, September 29 2011 @ 12:44 PM EDT

Contributed by: jkr


Posted: Sep 28, 2011 7:19 PM MT

"this was the first grizzly bear destroyed in Banff, Yoho or Kootenay National Parks since 1995."

A six-year-old male grizzly bear was captured and destroyed after a run in with two hikers on the Mount Fairview trail near Lake Louise


According to a Parks Canada release, resource conservation personnel put down the bear because the animal’s behaviour had become increasingly aggressive and it presented “too great” a threat to the public. The most recent encounter took place Monday.

Canmore mountain guide Barry Blanchard was guiding a Japanese tourist when the big grizzly started to follow them. The pair eventually dropped their packs and started to climb the closest tree.

Blanchard said he soon heard the bear ripping apart their packs.

“I quit hearing the pack rip apart noises and I felt the tree start to vibrate and I immediately knew the bear was coming up,” he said.

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