Opposition stalls end of Yellowstone grizzly protections

In this May 2009 photo, a grizzly bear is seen in Yellowstone National Park near Mammoth, Wyoming.

Associated Press

Someone dumped a male grizzly bear’s carcass in the Stillwater River near Whitefish, and state and federal wildlife officials have started an investigation.

Boaters found the bear in the water on May 28. U.S. Fish and Wildlife agents believe the bear may have been dumped from the Farm to Market Road Bridge into the Stillwater west of Whitefish sometime between May 25 and 28. The grizzly had been shot.

FWS and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials ask anyone with information on this case, or anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area of the Farm to Market Road Bridge between May 25 and May 28, to call the Service Special Agent at 406-329-3000 or 1-800-TIP-MONT. Callers do not have to identify themselves and a reward of up to $2,000 may be available for information leading to a conviction.

This is the second grizzly bear shooting in western Montana this spring. FWS agents also are investigating a case where a black-bear hunter near Bonner shot a large male grizzly bear on May 16 and self-reported the incident.

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Natural Resources & Environment Reporter

Natural Resources Reporter for The Missoulian.