KALISPELL — Wildlife officials said Thursday they were investigating the deaths of three grizzly bears east of Flathead Lake, and that two black bears had been put down for aggressively seeking human food.
No more information on the three grizzly bear deaths was being released because of the ongoing investigation, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman John Fraley said.
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Glacier National Park officials announced that park rangers had euthanized a 5-year-old black bear on Tuesday. The 160-pound animal was captured in the Many Glacier area on the east side of the park on Sunday.
Rangers say it had become conditioned to human food, had broken several windows and gotten into a residence by breaking through a door.
FWP also said wardens euthanized a black bear on June 10 after the yearling continued to seek food from campgrounds in the Lake Mary Ronan area west of Flathead Lake.