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Grizzly bear shot by hunter has surgery, released

October 26, 2012 at 09:15 AM

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A female grizzly bear that was shot by a bird hunter in northwestern Montana about two weeks ago has been relocated, along with her cub, after a veterinarian removed an eyeball damaged in the shooting.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks grizzly bear management specialist Tim Manley says the agency usually doesn’t have the luxury of finding an injured bear, but it was spotted feeding on road-killed deer near Ferndale earlier this week.

Kalispell veterinarian Dan Savage removed the remnants of the bear’s left eye, stitched the wound closed and administered antibiotics.

The sow and the cub were released in the Spotted Bear area. The bears had been captured earlier this year on the Rocky Mountain Front.

FWP spokesman John Fraley says they believe the bear’s prognosis for survival is good.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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