Grizzly bear

A grizzly bear

SEELEY LAKE – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are seeking information about the killing of a grizzly bear north of Seeley Lake.

The male grizzly was found along Montana Highway 83 about 10 miles north of Seeley Lake, according to a news release issued by FWS on Wednesday. Investigators retrieved the carcass Nov. 6 and estimate the bear died between Nov. 3 and 5 from a gunshot wound. Its size and age were unavailable.

The bear was transported to the FWP wildlife laboratory in Bozeman for further investigation.

FWS and FWP are asking for anyone with information about the killing of the bear to call the TIP MONT hotline at 1-800-847-6668.

Callers do not have to identify themselves and a reward of up to $2,000 may be available if information leads to a conviction.

News of the bear's death comes after hunters killed three grizzlies that charged them in recent weeks near Gardiner and West Yellowstone.

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Farther north, a grizzly bear was euthanized Thursday after FWP responded to several calls about it this week in the Coram area.

FWP captured the bear Wednesday after callers reported it broke the back window of a truck to get horse feed on Kuzmic Lane, got into a refrigerator on a porch and tried to get into a slide-in camper off Seville Lane.

As FWP personnel were setting a culvert trap and remote cameras next to the camper Wednesday night, the radio signal from the collar of the male bear was detected. The bear was captured less than an hour after the trap was set.

On Thursday, the decision was made to euthanize the bear due to its behavior of repeatedly breaking into vehicles and structures to get food, a news release said.

The bear previously had been captured Sept. 8 at another residence on Seville Lane after it had broken into a chicken coop and killed chickens. There were also apples in its scat, indicating it had been feeding in other yards.

It was the first time the bear had been captured, so after the September incident it was radio-collared and released in the Puzzle Creek drainage south of Marias Pass, about 40 miles from Coram.

This week, the 12- to 15-year-old, 575-pound bear was drugged by FWP personnel and euthanized by a local veterinarian. The hide and skull will be kept for educational purposes.

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