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Grizzly bear dies in fall in Glacier National Park

Snow removal equipment works along a dangerously steep slope on May 21, 2013, during the annual plowing to open the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park. (National Park Service)
Snow removal equipment works along a dangerously steep slope on May 21, 2013, during the annual plowing to open the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park. (National Park Service)

WILDLIFE WATCHING  — The death of a grizzly bear in Glacier National Park is a reminder to hikers and climbers that spring and summer trekking across steep snowfields can be hazardous.

 A member of the Glacier Park road crew found a male grizzly bear dead on Going-to-the-Sun Road on Thursday morning.

An initial investigation by the National Park Service indicated the bear, one of about 300 grizzlies in the park, probably fell onto the road from a steep snowbank.

A necropsy revealed the 190-pound bear suffered head injuries, broken ribs and other internal injuries consistent with a fall. Park officials say the terrain above where the bear fell includes a steep snowbank, some steep cliffs and a drop of approximately 12 feet.




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