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Grizzly bear euthanized in north-central Montana for killing calves

Posted: 10:24 AM, May 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-02 12:24:46-04

GREAT FALLS – A grizzly bear was euthanized in the Sun River Valley on Wednesday after killing several calves.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks euthanized the young male grizzly along the Sun River near Fort Shaw on May 1.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services had captured the 383-pound grizzly after it killed three registered black Angus calves and injured three more calves.

The bear was captured at the site of the killings.

In addition, five other calves in the area went missing within the last week, according to FWP.

Wildlife officials decided to euthanize the grizzly due to the significant amount of livestock deaths. The decision was made in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and in accordance with the Interagency Bear Committee guidelines.

The bear was the second grizzly to be euthanized in Montana in the past 10 days.

A sub-adult male grizzly bear was euthanized last Tuesday in the Helmville Valley due to livestock depredations.

FWP also recently released information concerning a grizzly bear that was shot and killed by a landowner west of Augusta on April 13.

Wildlife officials continue to remind landowners and recreationists to be bear aware as grizzlies are out of their dens along the Rocky Mountain Front.

They advised removing or securing attractants such as livestock feed, bird feeders, pet food, garbage, spilled grain and livestock carcasses.