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Aug 4, 2010 10:46 AM by Q2 News Staff

Bear mauling investigation takes a new turn

The investigation into last week's fatal grizzly bear mauling near Cooke City now involves allegations that a photographer may have been baiting wildlife near the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

Q2 News received a tip from a viewer about the "baiting allegations" last week. The viewer, told Q2 that the host of a campground near Cooke City raised concerns that someone may have been baiting bears two weeks prior to the incident.

At the same time, similar information was posted on an unofficial Yellowstone National Park Facebook page, which generated nearly 50 comments.

Ron Aasheim, spokesman for Montana's Fish Wildlife & Parks department, told Q2 that his agency is aware of the allegations, and FWP is investigating. He added that the agency looks into any allegations that may help explain the bear's unusual behavior, particularly if it might involve illegal activity such as baiting or feeding wild animals.

If you have information or details about these allegations, you're asked to call the Montana Fish & Wildlife Tip Line 1-800-847-6668 or the Yellowstone National Park Tip Line at 1-307-344-2132

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