Here's what happens to bears who become interested in human contact. Black bears, instant death sentence, no second chances. Grizzlies, because they are considered rare, are relocated once, maybe twice before termination.
It only takes one incident of baiting or leaving food laying around for a bear to associate humans = food.
Banff's most famous grizzly bear and her three yearling cubs were tossed meat by tourists from a commercial tour van in a dangerous and misguided bid to lure the animals closer for a photo.
Parks Canada officials say they received a report of people in a van owned by B.C.based Bestcan Tours throwing food to grizzly bear 64 and her cubs along Vermilion Lakes Drive on July 25.
Officials say it appears the bear family did not actually feast on the meat, and say they do not expect to lay charges at this point because the group of tourists has left the country.
"It's absolutely shocking to us that this could happen to her. This is completely inappropriate behaviour," said Steve Michel, human-wildlife conflict specialist for Banff National Park.