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Two grizzly bears relocated, one killed in Flathead region

One adult and a cub were relocated
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Posted at 11:08 AM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 13:08:31-04

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks successfully relocated two grizzly bears and euthanized a third in the north Flathead region recently.

The agency said in a news release that on Oct. 22, they captured a four-year-old male grizzly bear near Rhodes Draw west of Kalispell after it broke into residential chicken coops.

FWP moved the 298-pound grizzly bear to the Packers Roost area in Glacier National Park after consulting with the National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

The bear did not have any history of conflict with humans, and was fitted with a radio collar.An adult female grizzly bear was euthanized on Oct. 25 in Ferndale near Bigfork after the bear became food conditioned near residences.

FWP said they captured the bear for a second time after it returned to the Ferndale area and approached residences. It had also been captured in early October after breaking into chicken coops and killing chickens on residential property.

At that time, the bear was moved to a remote area near the Spotted Bear River.

In accordance with Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee guidelines and in consultation with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, FWP euthanized the 350-pound bear due to food conditioning, which occurs when wildlife lose natural foraging habits.

A 103-pound female cub was accompanying the adult female, and FWP captured the cub on Oct. 26. FWP moved the cub to the Deep Creek area on the east side of Hungry Horse Reservoir. The bear was fitted with a GPS radio collar.

Click here for more information about grizzly bears at the FWP website