Injured black bear euthanized after collision with vehicle in Glacier National Park
A black bear was euthanized by park rangers after the injured animal was discovered around 2 p.m. on September 23 along Going-to-the-Sun Road two miles east of Rising Sun, according to a press release issued Monday by Glacier National Park.
An initial investigation by the National Park Service indicated that the bear suffered insurmountable traumatic injuries as a result of contact with a vehicle around 1:40 p.m. the same day, according to the press release. Glacier said rangers, after consulting with the park’s wildlife biologist, euthanized the bear.
A field autopsy revealed a severely broken jaw, an injured front paw and potentially damaged rib cage and lungs, according to the press release. The male bear was 2.5 to 5 years old and appeared otherwise in good health.
“The visitor who struck the bear did not report the incident, so the circumstances of the collision are unknown,” the press release said. “The site of the incident was in an area with vegetation near the road, which could have masked the movement of the bear on the road and may have played a role.”
When traveling in the park, it is important to remember that all roads pass through wildlife habitat and that speed limits must be observed for the safety of not only people but wildlife as well, according to the release. .
Slower speeds give drivers more time to react to movements of wildlife which may be obscured from immediate view. If you have an incident involving a motor vehicle in the park, report it to the nearest ranger or visitor center to prevent other visitors from being injured.
This story originally appeared in the Daily Montanan, which can be found online at dailymontanan.com.