KAMAS -- A black bear died in the custody of state wildlife officials, apparently from a dose of tranquilizer.
The Deseret News reports that officials darted the bear as part of a study that's using tracking collars to understand how sows and their cubs are struggling with little food in hot weather this summer.
The operation on Tuesday didn't go as planned. The bear darted outside Kamas was male - wildlife officials were looking to capture only females, which are wearing the tracking devices.
Officials administered an antidote to wake the bear but say it stopped breathing.
DWR biologist Darren DeBloois says it was the first death of an animal captured by state officials in 14 years.