Yellowstone park officials euthanize bear that killed hiker

Lance Crosby, of Billings, Mont. is seen in an undated photo provided by the National Parks Service. Officials on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, identified a 63-year-old Crosby as the victim of a fatal bear attack in Yellowstone National Park as they awaited results of DNA testing to determine if a grizzly captured nearby was responsible. Park Superintendent Dan Wenk said Monday that Crosby of Billings was killed after encountering the bear last week while hiking alone off-trail without bear spray. His body was found Friday. (National Parks Service via AP)

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials say they euthanized a grizzly bear after DNA tests confirmed it attacked and killed a hiker last week.

Park officials say the adult female bear was killed Thursday because it had eaten part of the Montana man’s body and hid the rest. They say that is not the behavior of a female bear defending its young.

An autopsy confirmed 63-year-old Lance Crosby of Billings died of a bear attack. His body was found by park rangers on Friday about a half-mile from the nearest trail.

Park officials captured the adult bear and two cubs. DNA from bear hair samples collected next to Crosby’s body confirmed the female was responsible for the attack.

They say arrangements are being made to transfer the cubs to a zoo.

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