A black bear that was caught ripping up a tent and appeared unafraid of people in Hyalite Canyon will be killed by state officials early Tuesday morning.

Mark Deleray, regional supervisor for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, said the bear was first reported on Saturday and that wardens captured it Sunday night. He said it became accustomed to people and showed no fear even when a group was yelling at it, and that they chose to kill it to prevent further conflicts.

“Our concern now is human safety,” Deleray said.

An official from the state veterinarian’s office was scheduled to euthanize the bear early Tuesday.

The bear was captured after it was reported to be messing with a tent at a dispersed campsite near the Langhor Campground. Deleray said people driving past the campsite Saturday saw a black bear with a brown face breaking into the tent.

They and another group stopped and yelled at the bear to leave. It didn’t work.

“It couldn’t be scared off,” he said. “Even by a group of people.”

FWP wardens set a trap a few hours after the incident was reported. The bear was captured Sunday night. Deleray said they chose to euthanize the bear in order to dispatch it in a humane way, and that the drugs can only be administered by the state veterinarian’s office.

Bears and people have had similar run-ins in the same area last year. Deleray said they assume the bear they caught is “very likely the same bear” that was there last year.

He added that FWP values wild bears but is also obligated to protect people when a bear becomes a problem.

“There’s a lot of bears on the landscape,” he said. “It also results in more conflict.”

The Forest Service issued a press release Sunday that said there was increased bear activity in Hyalite Canyon this summer and that campers and visitors should remember to store food properly and carry bear spray. It also urged visitors not to tamper with any bear traps and leave the area if they find one.

Michael Wright can be reached at mwright@dailychronicle.com or at 582-2638. Follow him on Twitter @mj_wright1.

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