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State wildlife officials have confirmed the death of a grizzly bear near West Glacier.

According to a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks news release, the 2-year-old male grizzly was hit by a train Monday night near Nyack Flats. The agency's staff retrieved the bear’s carcass the next morning, performed a necropsy to confirm the cause of death, and notified the tracks’ owner, BNSF Railway, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Last May, the bear had been captured east of Bigfork, moved to the east side of Hungry Horse Reservoir, and fitted with a GPS radio collar, which allowed Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to determine its location.

There have been 33 confirmed grizzly bear deaths in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem so far this year. Bears are typically active this time of year as they prepare for winter hibernation, and Fish, Wildlife and Parks recommends that Northwest Montana residents minimize the risk of conflict by securing possible attractants. For more information, visit fwp.mt.gov.

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