In Moose, Wyoming, a woman from Idaho was fined $5,800. for leaving trash out at her campsite which attracted a grizzly bear in the Grand Teton National Park.
Other campers had videos and photos of the bear rummaging through the trash and drinks on June 13 at the woman’s unattended campsite. Signs at the campground warn campers to store food in lockers or in their vehicles to avoid attracting the bears.
According to APNews, wildlife officials were able to capture and tranquilize the bear before moving it to another location. If the bear is found to be going after human food again and is deemed a danger to people, it will have to be killed according to the U.S. attorney’s office for Wyoming.
“Irresponsible behaviors have consequences and many times it is the wildlife that pays the ultimate price,” Grand Teton Superintendent Chip Jenkins stated.
The woman was convicted of improper food storage, and the fine will cover the cost of relocating and attaching a GPS collar to the bear to track him. Grizzlies are federally protected (outside of Alaska) as a threatened species.
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