Bozeman News

Nov 11, 2012 5:36 PM by Judy Slate - MTN News

FWP wants brother of bear involved in death euthanized

BOZEMAN - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials want the sibling of a bear who mauled a man near Bozeman to be euthanized.

Benjamin Cloutier, 24, was killed a week ago while cleaning a bear cage at Animals of Montana north of Bozeman, but it's still not clear exactly what happened.

The coroner has ruled the death an accident and Grizz, the bear blamed for killing Cloutier, was killed at the scene. Now FWP officials are asking that Grizz's brother, Yosemite, also be euthanized.

We spoke with Demetri Price, the head trainer at Animals of Montana, who told us they have no intention of putting down Yosemite. Price is the one who found Cloutier and killed Griz. He says Yosemite was not involved in the incident, and there is absolutely no reason to put him down.

FWP has also decided to prohibit Yosemite and the other surviving bear, Adam, from leaving the state. Animals of Montana provided animals for movies and commercial shoots and need a permit from FWP each time an animal gets a job.

The bears will not be granted those permits, but Animals of Montana says they plan to fight FWP's decision prohibiting the bears from working. State wildlife officials are still reviewing the organization's license.

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