Yellowstone Park officials are hinting that they will euthanize the grizzly bear that they believe is responsible for killing a hiker this past Friday. Here is a statement that officials released on Monday:

“The decision to euthanize a bear is one that we do not take lightly. As park managers, we are constantly working to strike a balance between the preservation of park resources and the safety of our park visitors and employees,” Dan Wenk, superintendent of Yellowstone National Park, said in the news release. “Our decision is based on the totality of the circumstances in this unfortunate event. Yellowstone has had a grizzly bear management program since 1983. The primary goals of this program are to minimize bear-human interactions, prevent human-caused displacement of bears from prime food sources, and to decrease the risk of bear-caused human injuries.”

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