GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife officials are trying to catch a grizzly bear that killed five of a rancher's sheep.
The Great Falls Tribune reports (http://gftrib.com/1EOHGuq) the grizzly attacked and killed the animals at Jay Skoog's ranch in Fort Shaw, about 25 miles outside of Great Falls.
Skoog found the dead animals Sunday morning. He moved the rest of his sheep into pens near his home, and the bear returned twice more to attack them.
The bear eluded a wildlife official's first attempt to trap it. Two humane traps are currently in place. If caught, the bear will be examined for signs of previous human contact, like a tag, lip tattoo or radio collar.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife biologist Mike Madel says an inter-agency discussion will help determine the bear's relocation.