A bear was killed at the Great Smokey Mountains National Park in North Carolina. The bear was shot and killed as it was seen eating human remains.
The park rangers found a male human remains along the Hazel Creek Trail area a the National Park. The human remain was found at a campsite at around 7:30 PM. The rangers found a bear scavenging on the human remains.
The Park rangers immediately raised alarm and a team of rangers and wildlife officers rushed to the spot, Backcountry Campsite 82. It was confirmed that the remains were of human. The identity of the victim has not been released by the National Park. The cause of death is still unknown.
NPPS released a statement , The Mirror reported,
“Rangers are currently working to notify the next of kin. The cause of death is unknown, and the case remains under active investigation.”
The Hazel Creek Train between the Cold Springs Gap Trail and Welch Ridge Trail is closed due to investigation.
This area is known for violent attacks on humans before. In 2015, reports emerged that a 16-year-old boy was injured after being mauled by a black bear. He was reportedly backpacking with his father.
The Great Smokey Mountains National Park is the busiest National Park in the US. Last year, it recorded 12.5mn visitors. It spans across Tennessee and North Carolina.
Why the bear was killed
The forest experts have different opinions on it. It is said that when a wild animal gets the taste of human flesh, they thrive more for it. The bear was killed by the rangers to avoid any such situation in the future.