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Grizzly Cub Killed in Apparent Hit-and-Run in Grand Teton National Park

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By    |   Tuesday, 21 Jun 2016 02:48 PM

A famous grizzly bear cub was killed by a car in Grand Teton National Park on Sunday.

The cub, nicknamed “Snowy,” was the cub of Grizzly 399, who is known to wildlife watchers around the world, National Geographic reported.

After Sunday's collision, Grizzly 399 "frantically tried to attend to her injured offspring," National Geographic reported.

Snowy was one of two bears killed by vehicles in Grand Teton National Park on Sunday, the National Park Service said in a news release. An adult female black bear also was struck and killed. In both incidents, the motorists did not stop or report the collisions, the NPS said.

Grizzly 399, a 20-year-old bear, gained attention and a paparazzi-like following during frequent appearances near roadsides in Grand Teton National Park with triplet cubs many years ago. She won a pardon in 2007 after mauling a hiker who then pleaded for officials to spare her. Last fall, a Wyoming man claimed to have illegally killed Grizzly 399, and fans watched with anticipation as she emerged with a single cub this spring.

Grizzly 399 has spawned 16 cubs over her lifetime, and been the subject of a book and a Twitter account, The Washington Post reported.

News of Snowy's death quickly spread on social media.

Wyoming Wildlife Advocates said in a Facebook post that the cub was "adored for its antics and notably white face and will be sorely missed."



A total of 37 animals, including bears, deer, bison, elk, coyotes, and fox, have been hit by vehicles in the park so far this year.

"These unfortunate incidents are an important reminder for all of us to slow down and be vigilant when we travel through the park," Superintendent David Vela said in the release.

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