Montana Outdoors

Oct 16, 2012 5:47 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center

FWP investigating Northwest Montana bear incidents

KALISPELL- State wildlife officials say they are looking into several grizzly bear Incidents that have happened in Northwest Montana.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Warden Captain Lee Anderson says the remains of a female grizzly bear were found last week near Brosten Lane east of Kalispell. Anderson said that he is looking for any information the public may have about this bear.

The second case involves a male grizzly bear who was shot and killed in a man's chicken coop outside his residence on Sunday evening near Ferndale.

FWP reports that in the third incident, an individual shot and killed a female grizzly bear that was next to a chicken coop on his property last week just north of Columbia Falls.

All of these cases are under active investigation by FWP and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials, according to a news release.

Finally, a bird hunter shot at a female grizzly bear in what was described as a surprise encounter near Bigfork. The hunter was unharmed and reported the incident immediately to FWP.

The sow grizzly had a cub, and both were later found alive by officials. The female grizzly did not appear to have life-threatening injuries.

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