The first three adult male black bears shot did not have face wounds, Marsh said. Each was picked up by a helicopter and removed from the region.
The fourth, a projected 180-pound adult male black bear, had a gunshot wound to the jaw. There were no other external signs of disease. A necropsy that biologists say could answer questions about the bear’s behaviour will be performed.
“A large part of it is to see if there are anomalies with the animal that may explain what led it to become predatory,” Marsh said.
In the meantime, family, friends and community were gathering to plan a memorial service and offer help to the family of the young runner.