Blaze the bear was euthanized today by the National Park Service for acting like a bear in defense of her cubs. (See more here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=924599464267558&set=a.102630516464461.3856.100001525382385&type=1&theater).
To borrow the words from someone else who said it much better than I could say
In hindsight, euthanize is probably not the right word. Euthanasia is freeing an animal from a painful and/or incurable situation. The park service killed this bear, and it didn’t have to be this way. I don’t wish to sanitize their actions by using such a kind word, which is the way the park service has described the act.
As the result of the public outcry, the cubs will go to a zoo. They will never see a sunrise as wild bears again, and that is an absolute, fucking tragedy.
Au revoir, Blaze. You may be gone, but you are not forgotten