Efforts to convince a black bear in Glacier National Park that it shouldn't hang out around people have led to the bear's death, according to park officials.
The bear died when a "cracker shell," which is fired from a shotgun and is designed to create a loud noise when it explodes, actually entered the bear's body before exploding.
The hazing effort was conducted near St. Mary on the eastern side of the park during the evening of May 22. The dead bear was found the following day.
Glacier officials plan to conduct a Board of Review to produce recommendations for management actions and/or for improving strategies and tactics.
The hazing of bears using cracker rounds is one of several tools used by park rangers as aversive conditioning techniques that are employed in accordance with Glacier National Park’s Bear Management Plan and Guidelines.