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Grizzly euthanized after killing calves in the Helmville Valley

Posted: 10:19 AM, Apr 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-01 18:03:39-04

MISSOULA – State wildlife officials reported that a grizzly bear was put down in Western Montana earlier this week.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks euthanized a sub-adult male grizzly bear Tuesday in the Helmville Valley after the bear was involved with livestock depredations.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services captured the grizzly after it killed a calf on April 20. The bear killed two calves prior to its capture on April 23 and was suspected to be involved in three depredations last year near that same site, according to FWP.

Due to the bear’s history of livestock depredations, FWP decided to euthanize it in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and in accordance with Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee guidelines.