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Wildlife officials to euthanize problem grizzly

April 07, 2012 at 09:48 PM

The Associated Press

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials have decided to euthanize a grizzly bear that has killed seven calves at a ranch outside of Wolf Creek since last weekend.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks grizzly bear management specialist Mike Madel says the 7 1/2 -year-old, 535-pound bear is being transported to an FWP lab in Bozeman to be killed on Friday.

Madel tells the Great Falls Tribune (http://bit.ly/H6wewj) that the bear likely emerged from its den less than two weeks ago, but it’s already strongly habituated to ranching activities. The bear had been returning to the farm’s calving lot night after night and caching the calf carcasses instead of immediately feeding.

Steve DeMers of USDA’s Wildlife Services set snares Monday and the bear was found in one of the traps Thursday.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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