Montana grizzly euthanized after killing cattle

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CASPER, Wyo. — A 612-pound male grizzly bear was euthanized after killing a cow and three large heifer calves.

“The bear was captured by U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services and euthanized by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials,” Montana FWP said on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

The 5.5 year old grizzly was captured near Rogers Pass along the Rocky Mountain Front and was euthanized Oct. 7. U.S. Fish and Wildlife was consulted prior to the decision.

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“‘Snow on the ground indicated the bear had in addition to repeated depredations displayed strong habituation behavior towards occupied ranch homes, outbuildings, corrals, and ranch activities,’ said Mike Madel, FWP bear management specialist.”

The bear had been tagged for research purposes in June 2017.

The full announcement also includes bear safety tips.