An investigation has been launched by state and wildlife officials in an effort to determine exactly what happened to a deceased grizzly bear that was discovered late last month in Montana’s Stillwater River.
Found in the water by boaters on May 28, U.S. Fish and Wildlife (FSW)agents believe that the bear was most probably dumped from a bridge after being shot to death, as per the Missoulian. It is estimated that this took place sometime between May 25 and 28.
Grizzly bears are protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Now with a reward of up to $2,000 potentially made available for information leading to a conviction, FWS and Montana Fish and Wildlife, along with park officials, are looking to the public for help; requesting that anyone with information or who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area at the time to contact the Service Special Agent at406-329-3000or1-800-TIP-MONT.
Tragically, this marks the second grizzly bear to be shot and killed in western Montana this spring.
FWS agents are also currently investigating a previous case that occurred on May 16th near Bonner in which a black-bear hunter shot a large male grizzly bear.
Grizzly bears are known to occasionally be shot and killed supposedly “accidentally” by hunters who are in pursuit of black bears.
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