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Grizzly bear euthanized near Kalispell

Posted: 3:15 PM, Jun 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-04 14:33:16-04

KALISPELL – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials recently euthanized a grizzly bear north of Kalispell because it was food conditioned.

FWP captured the subadult male grizzly on private property off Lost Creek Drive west of Farm to Market Road on May 30.

The bear had repeatedly broken into chicken coops and killed numerous chickens over several days, according to FWP.

It was also documented breaking into unsecured garbage and bird feeders throughout the surrounding residential area.

The bear was estimated to be three years old and weighed 195 pounds.

FWP is monitoring increased bear activity across northwest Montana, including the Ferndale and Whitefish areas, and personnel are actively working to reduce conflicts in collaboration with landowners.

Residents are encouraged to report any possible bear activity as soon as possible.

Three other grizzlies have been euthanized in Montana over the past few months.

A grizzly bear in the Blackfoot Valley was euthanized on May 12 following repeated break-ins at a barn to access grain.

A young, male grizzly was euthanized in the Sun River Valley on May 1 after killing several calves while a sub-adult male grizzly was put down in the Helmville Valley in late April for its involvement in livestock depredations.

FWP also released some information concerning a grizzly bear that was shot and killed by a landowner west of Augusta on April 13.