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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- A black bear that refused to leave a Yellowstone National Park campground was shot and killed by park rangers Saturday night.

Officials say around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, the 142-pound adult male black bear entered the Canyon Campground and approached a man and woman while they were eating. The campers backed off and the bear ate some of their food. The bear also went through their garbage and sniffed and pawed at their tent. He then left the site to search for food in other campsites.

Rangers responded and hazed the bear out of the campground, but he returned. Due to safety concerns for visitors, the bear was shot and killed around 9 p.m.

Park visitors are reminded to keep food, garbage, coolers and items that might attract bears in hard-sided vehicles or bear-proof storage boxes.

Anyone who sees a bear is urged to report the sighting to the nearest visitor center or ranger station as soon as possible.

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