Grizzly Euthanized After 20-Foot Fall

Vertebrae damage left animal partially paralyzed
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2018 8:15 AM CDT
Grizzly Euthanized After 20-Foot Fall
A grizzly bear walks through a back country campsite in Montana's Glacier National Park in 2014.   (Doug Kelley/The Spokesman-Review via AP, File)

One of an estimated 300 grizzly bears in Montana's Glacier National Park had to be euthanized this week after a 20-foot fall left it partially paralyzed. It was found on its back in the middle of a road late Sunday, leading rangers to speculate it had been hit by a car. Further study revealed the non-lactating female, believed to be between the ages of 5 and 7, had slipped from a precipice.

After consulting with a wildlife biologist, rangers euthanized the bear, which was then found to have suffered "significant trauma to its thoracic vertebrae, broken ribs, and a dislocated hip," per National Parks Traveler. As grizzlies are a threatened species, state and federal wildlife officials were notified, reports USA Today. (A week after starting her dream job, a bear attacked her.)

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