Report: Arizona fugitive planned suicide by bear

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- A convicted killer who escaped from an Arizona prison says his plan was to overdose on heroin at Yellowstone National Park and let bears eat him.

Tracy Province told a sheriff's detective about his plan after he was captured in August and returned to Arizona.

According to a Mohave County sheriff's report, Province planned to shoot a gram of heroin and become bear food. He says he didn't follow through because of divine intervention and because Yellowstone was too cold.

Province told authorities he then tried to hitchhike to Indiana to see his family. He was captured Aug. 9 in Wyoming, 10 days after he and two others escaped from a minimum-security prison near Kingman, Ariz.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal first reported the interview Thursday.