Glacier National Park Black Bear Euthanized After Being Hit by Car in Crash That Was Never Reported

by Lauren Boisvert

On Thursday, Sept. 23, a black bear was hit by a car in Glacier National Park in Montana and subsequently euthanized. The driver never reported the accident, and the bear had “unsurvivable traumatic injuries,” according to Glacier officials. The bear was found on Going-To-The-Sun Road, the 50-mile, 2-hour scenic route through the mountains.

Park rangers said in a press release on Monday that the bear had “a severely broken jaw, an injured foreleg, and a potentially damaged ribcage and lung area.” The bear was male, approximately 2 to 2.5 years old, and otherwise healthy.

“It is important to remember that all roadways traverse wildlife habitat,” rangers advised, “and speed limits should be observed for the safety of not only people but wildlife as well.”

According to Yahoo News, in July Yosemite National Park had a similar incident; a 6-month old cub was fatally hit by a car and died by the side of the road. “We get this call a lot,” said Yosemite rangers, “too much, to be honest.” If you have a car accident in any of the National Parks, it is important to report it to park rangers.

Bear Takes GoPro For a Spin

Recently, Wyoming-based hunter Dylan Schilt made an interesting discovery; he found a GoPro while hunting, and upon starting it up, found footage that a curious black bear had taken of itself. Talk about the selfie of a lifetime.

“After four months of it sitting there,” said Schilt, “a big old black bear found it and not only managed to turn it on but also started recording himself playing with it. Hands down the craziest thing I’ve ever found!”

The bear bites and paws at the camera, testing it out. Black bears are naturally curious and much smarter than we give them credit for. They adapt to their surroundings well and learn problem-solving techniques to teach their cubs.

Bears can be predictable as well and have certain behaviors that indicate their moods. For example, bears are usually shy and avoid humans if they can. Black bears are also less aggressive than grizzlies and are often found near human populations, being more tolerant of people.

Black bears, being curious creatures, usually stand on their hind legs in order to sniff the air and inspect noises. It’s not a sign of aggression; if a black bear is aggressive, it will stick out its lower lip and flatten its ears, sometimes doing a bluff charge in which it charges a target but veers away at the last second in order to scare off the threat.

It’s no wonder the black bear picked up the strange-looking GoPro and started fiddling with it; he probably just wanted to see if it was something good to eat.