On a beautiful spring day in February 2016, a grizzly bear was spotted in the area.
It was a big one.
The animal weighed more than 400kg (874lbs) and was standing at a height of more than 12m (43ft).
The bear was shot by hunters with rifles and a tranquiliser dart gun, the same device used to kill Cecil the lion.
As the news broke, a crowd gathered outside the lodge and several local residents came out to protest against the hunters.
But they were not protesting for Cecil’s killing.
They were protesting for their lives.
What happened next is a tale of two nations, a hunt that killed Cecil and a community’s resolve to fight for its own survival.
Here are some of the key moments from the hunt and how it shaped the Black Bear community.
The hunt started the moment the hunting license was issued The hunt was first announced to the public in April 2017, with news reports describing it as a “touristic, wildlife-oriented” hunt.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has not released the hunting plan, but a spokesperson told the ABC the plan was to kill one of two “high-priority” black bears in the region.
The plan outlined the hunters would “take out” two black bears from the area, but not kill them.
The plan also called for them to kill a grizzlies “nearby”.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) says the bears would be shot after they were found “in their dens”.
“The agency does not recommend individuals be targeted with lethal force,” the USFWS said in a statement.
“However, in the event that an individual has been shot, a wildlife agency agent will act to remove the deceased animal from the vicinity.”
The USFws said the agency did not release the names of the two bears.
The decision to kill the bears was made before the plan came out, in June 2017, the US Fish & Wildlife Service said.
It said it had no idea who had submitted the plan to kill them and would not release it until it had been reviewed.
But when it was released, it said the plan “does not include any plan for hunting the black bears to ensure they are dead before killing them”.
The hunt began in April 2018 and began after the grizzly had been spotted near the Black Hills National Park.
A local resident, who asked to remain anonymous, told the USKNT that she heard the two black bear males were near the lodge in a large bear den.
She was able to reach the lodge, and spotted the two males sitting on the porch.
She told the agency that she tried to “pull the door open, and the bear jumped down and started running”.
She also heard the bear “throwing rocks and rocks”.
She saw one of the males “grab his rifle and start shooting”.
She said she heard two men “pulling on the door” and another man “putting a rifle down”.
She said the two men had “put their hands up and were saying, ‘no'”.
She told ABC Radio the area where the hunt was taking place was near the trail where Cecil was shot.
“It was very hot, and I thought that maybe they could catch a little bit of water,” she said.
“But they didn’t.”
The two men left and went back to the lodge.
“The next day, I went up to the den and I saw one bear sitting there,” she told the bureau.
“It was just like it was still alive.
It looked like it had a bite mark on its shoulder.
It’s just really strange.”
She said they “got up to their vehicle and went down to the lake”.
But she said the hunters did not return.
On the same day, the Black Bears Lodge on the Black Mountain National Park (BMPN) received a call from the US government.
It told the BMPN to immediately cease hunting black bears.
The US Fish&Wildlife Service also received the same call, the agency said.
In June 2018, the BPPN received a letter from the Department of the Interior (DOI) saying it was investigating the shooting of a black bear.
The DOI also said the BSP had received information about “a large black bear carcass that may be in the Black Mountains area”.
The BPPL said it was aware of reports of a large black body that had been found near a Black Bear Lodge.
“On July 18, 2018, our Black Bear Ranger and Black Bear Area Management Team responded to a report of a carcass of a white male black bear on the north-western side of the Black Basin, near Black Mountain, Wyoming,” the BHP stated in a written statement.
The BHP said the “carcass had been removed from the Black Hole Reservoir”.
“This report of an unidentified carcass is currently being