Yellowstone National Park was established by the Federal Government in 1872. For millions of people it has been a place where man and beast can rejoice in the wonders of nature. On the surface it seems like a great outdoors place where people can relax and have a good time. Underneath all the apparent tranquility there is a dark side of the park.
The sinister side of Yellowstone Park is reflected in the way a certain part of it’s wildlife management is conducted. There’s a program of “euthanasia” where certain animals are being deliberately put down. The grizzly bears of Yellowstone Park are living under a shadow of death. These beasts are best left alone; they are aggressive by nature and under certain conditions they have fatally attacked people in the park. When such attacks happen the bears are treated like “serial killers” and euthanized by park officials. These bears are not criminals and should not be treated like criminals. Grizzly bears know nothing about man-made laws.
Recently, the body of Lance Crosby, an employee of Yellowstone Park was found and it was presumed that a mother grizzly bear with cubs had killed him. Immediately park authorities set out to trap the animal that was suspected of the killing. The mother grizzly was caught and “euthanized”, leaving behind her two tiny cubs that were too little to fend for themselves.
For a long time, Yellowstone Park officials have been acting as judge and jury for executing wayward grizzly bears and they’ve never given the bears a fair shake. The mother grizzly could have been trapped with her cubs and released later in a suitable habitat in a remote area away from people; she could have been saved but park officials only wanted to kill her.
The mother grizzly was condemned to die right from the start. Her two cubs were supposed to be sent to the Toledo, Ohio Zoo where they would be imprisoned for the rest of their lives. It is a sad story and it is all because of bad judgements on the part of park officials. Euthanizing healthy animals is as bad as murder in the world of animals.
Why didn’t someone make plans for the mother grizzly to be sent to the Toledo, Ohio Zoo with her cubs? If the “kill lust” wasn’t so deeply embedded in Yellowstone Park Officials, why wouldn’t they want to keep the mother bear with her cubs. Surely no one would have been in any danger from the mother grizzly at the zoo. She would have been behind bars but at least she would have been alive and with her cubs.
The officials at the park wanted to carry out their “eye for an eye” brand of justice by euthanizing the bear. They were treating the bear like it was some kind of criminal and there was no plan to relocate it or to rehabilitate it.