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GREAT FALLS - A grizzly bear that wandered from the Rocky Mountains to the Loma area last year and was recently captured again after eating two hens near Great Falls has been euthanized.

Mike Madel, a bear management specialist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, says the 3 1/2-year-old male bear was put down Thursday after efforts to find a zoo or research facility to take the bruin failed.

The bear, which was trapped near Loma last year after killing sheep, was captured again north of Carter on Monday after breaking into a chicken coop. After the first capture, he was released on the Flathead National Forest west of the Continental Divide but returned to the prairie.

Madel says it is unfortunate the bear had to be euthanized, but it is likely it would have sought out food near humans again.

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