Following the death of a hiker in Yellowstone, a mother grizzly that was euthanized as a result and two cubs left orphaned and sent to a zoo in Toledo, Yellowstone National Park reached out on social media with this heartfelt note to its thousands of followers on Facebook:

 

Yellowstone National Park

Dear Facebook friends,

This has been a difficult week.

In the field of wildlife conservation, there is nothing harder than having to take an animal’s life.

The National Park Service is about to celebrate its centennial. Even though the world we live in is a different place than it was 100 years ago, our enabling legislation is no less relevant. While we honor the importance of wild animals and natural landscapes, we must do so with the understanding that there’s a human dimension to conservation.
Resolving conflict between people and wildlife is one of the toughest challenges of our time. We need to keep talking about it.

Thank you to everyone who has offered condolences to Lance Crosby’s family and friends. Thanks to everyone who told us you understand. Thank you to everyone who disagreed and felt compelled to speak up. Your words matter: even if they were difficult to hear, they remind us how much we all care about the delicate balance we're working to preserve.

Sincerely,
Yellowstone National Park

 

Editor's Note: Read Marc Bekoff's article Killing the Grizzly Bear Who Killed a Man in Yellowstone and Her Cubs Is a Horrific Idea on ThisIsBozeman. Grizzy image NPS photo.