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article imageWildlife-baiting suspected in bear attack that killed MI man

By Laura Trowbridge     Aug 4, 2010 in Lifestyle
Billings - New allegations of wildlife-baiting are being investigated by Montana wildlife officials in connection to the bear attack that killed one Michigan man and injured two other people at a campground near Yellowstone.
Last week's bear attack at the Soda Butte Campground, near Yellowstone National Park in Montana, has officials puzzled over what could have provoked the bear to go on this rampage.
Officials have called the attack the "most brazen in the Yellowstone area since the 1980s." There was no apparent reason for the attack.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks Warden Capt. Sam Sheppard said each of the bear attack victims had correctly followed the signs posted in the park of putting their food into metal food canisters installed at the campsite to keep from luring the bears.
The bear killed Kevin Kammer of Grand Rapids, Michigan while he slept alone in his tent at the campground. A Canadian woman escaped a similar fate by playing dead once the bear was biting her. In the third attack that night, a young man from Colorado suffered injuries to his legs from the bear's attack.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department spokesman Ron Aasheim said they are looking into allegations that there was a photographer who was wildlife-baiting in the area before the bear attack happened. It is illegal to bait bears.
According to mlive.com, the television station KTVQ "received a tip from someone who said they had stayed in campgrounds in that area two weeks before Kammer was killed, and concerns had been raised about someone baiting bears nearby."
A mother grizzly bear was trapped after the attacks, and her three cubs were also captured. After DNA testing proved positive for the mother being the attacking bear, she was euthanized last week.
The three cubs were sent to a zoo in Billings, Montana and are adapting to their new surroundings.
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