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Yellowstone rangers kill black bear

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. - Yellowstone National Park rangers shot and killed a black bear that refused to leave a park campground Saturday night, the park announced Wednesday.

A 142-pound adult male black bear entered the Canyon Campground at approximately 3:30 p.m. and approached to within six feet of a man and a woman eating. The campers backed off and the bear ate some of their food, went through their garbage and sniffed and pawed at their tent. 

The bear pawed at other tents, bear-proof Dumpsters and food storage boxes, and dug through fire pits in other campsites within the campground.

Rangers hazed the bear out of the campground, but it returned a short time later. 

Citing concerns for the safety of park visitors, rangers shot and killed the bear at around 9 p.m. Saturday.

Hikers in bear country are encouraged to travel in groups of three or more, carry bear pepper spray, make plenty of noise on the trail, and to be alert for the presence of bears. If a bear charges during a surprise encounter, stand your ground, do not run and use your bear pepper spray. 

Park regulations require that you to stay at least 100 yards away from black and grizzly bears at all times. The best defense against bear attacks is to stay a safe distance from bears and use your binoculars, spotting scope, or telephoto lens to get a closer look, the park said.

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