Park rangers announced today that they will not track the bear that mauled a 57-year-old hiker earlier this week, saying it was a “pure defensive act.”

Although this bear attack was the first fatal encounter in Yellowstone in 25 years, authorities will not track or kill the bear because she was defending her cubs when the hikers surprised her.

Based on her account and understanding of grizzly behavior, rangers believe the bear instinctively charged to protect her young. The bear had never been documented before, never been tagged, and there was no reason to believe it had interacted with humans before, Nash said.

Generally, when a bear attacks or eats a person, it must be killed, because, as we well know, once you gain a taste for human flesh, you become insatiable. Nothing tastes as good, you can’t sleep; you start to wonder if innocent pedestrians would taste better with barbecue or soy. Maybe some Borsari rub. Now we’re hungry…


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