Bear is discovered ‘looking for the remains’ of a man, 43, at a campground in North Carolina
- Patrick Madura of Elgin, Illinois, was discovered by hikers Friday night
- Rangers were sent to a campground in the Great Smoky Mountains
- When they arrived, a black bear was ‘actively looking for the remains’
- Bear was euthanized because of the dangers of associating humans with food
- Madura’s cause of death is unknown and the investigation continues at the campsite
A bear was dropped after being found on the remains of a 43-year-old man at a campground in North Carolina.
Rangers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park identified the man as Patrick Madura from Elgin, Illinois.
Hikers discovered an empty tent and human remains scattered near Hazel Creek Trail Friday night Charlotte observer reported.
When law enforcement officers rushed to the site, they saw a black bear “actively searching for the remains” and euthanizing it.
A bear is laid down after it was found on the remains of a 43-year-old man at a campground in North Carolina (photo of a bear)
“ Our wildlife biologists, who are experts in human-bear conflict, believe that once a bear has searched the remains of humans, they pose a real risk of redoing that behavior, ” said the park’s spokesman. Jamie Sanders.
“We never want bears to associate humans with food.”
The cause of Madura’s death is unknown, and Hazel Creek’s trial has been closed for investigation.
The National Parks Service describes black bears as “dangerous and unpredictable” animals that walkers should not get within 150 feet.
There are thought to be around 1,500 black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains, males weighing 250 pounds while females weigh just over 100 pounds
Although rangers insist that attacks are very rare, in 2015 the 16-year-old boy was dragged asleep from a hammock in the same area where Madura was found dead.
There are thought to be about 1,500 black bears in the Great Smoky Mountains, males weighing 250 pounds while females weigh just over 100 pounds.
The park covers 800 square miles of the southern Appalachians.