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350-pound bear euthanized after ripping into family’s tent, scratching child and mother

350-pound bear euthanized after ripping into family’s tent, scratching child and mother

A 350-pound black bear was euthanized after it ripped into a tent at Great Smoky Mountains National Park and injured a 3-year-old girl and her mother.

A 350-pound black bear was euthanized after it ripped into a tent at Great Smoky Mountains National Park and injured a 3-year-old girl and her mother, park officials said.

The bear wandered into Elkmont Campground around 5:20 a.m. Sunday as a family of five was sleeping in a tent with their dog. The bear burst into the tent, scratching the mother and child on their heads.

After several attempts, the father was able to scare off the animal. The family left a note for the campground office and took the mother and child to receive treatment for superficial lacerations, officials with the national park said in a news release.

The bear was later tracked down after staff set traps in the campground area. It was humanely euthanized, the news release states.

Officials said the animal "exhibited extreme food-conditioned behavior and lack of fear of humans" and had "boldly" entered the trap. It was euthanized because it posed a "risk to human safety."

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/350-pound-bear-euthanized-ripping-familys-tent-scratching-child-mother-rcna33439


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