CODY, Wyo. – A grizzly bear linked by DNA to the killing of a man outside Yellowstone National Park has been tracked down by helicopter and shot dead.
Chris Servheen, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said the bear was found Saturday by trackers following a signal from a radio collar that had been placed around the bear’s neck.
The bear died about two miles from where 70-year-old Erwin Frank Evert’s mauled body was found Thursday.
The bear had been trapped and tranquilized a few hours before the attack. Servheen said they decided to kill the bear because it was unclear whether it had some unnatural form of aggression.
DNA obtained from bear’s saliva found at the scene of the mauling matched that of the bear that was killed Saturday, Servheen said.