One grizzly relocated; another euthanized in Montana In The Great Falls Tribune

This seems to be more frequent now in Montana.

Fish, Wildlife & Parks bear managers said Friday they trapped and relocated a subadult female grizzly bear near Essex and euthanized another grizzly captured on private property southwest of Trego.

They released the female bear in the Baptiste Creek area above Hungry Horse Reservoir on Wednesday.

The bear had been frequenting homes around Essex, which is on U.S. Highway 2 west of the Continental Divide.

The subadult male grizzly was snared on private land about 10 miles southwest of Trego in far northwestern Montana. The bear was first captured about a month ago on the Flathead Indian Reservation by tribal biologists and was released in Coal Creek, a tributary of the North Fork of the Flathead.

The three-year-old, radio-collared bear apparently killed 11 chickens in the West Fortine Creek drainage on June 5 and was observed in the yards of several area residences.

On Monday night the bear returned to the residence where the chickens had been killed and killed three adult goats.

Out of public safety concerns, the bear was captured and euthanized there on Thursday.


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