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MT – WILDLIFE – Hunters killed 2 grizzlies in Madison Range in October

Federal and state wildlife investigators are looking into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two grizzly bears killed by hunters in the Madison Range in October. A grizzly bear was reportedly shot and killed in self-defense on Oct. 25 in Indian Creek, according to a Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks news release. The person involved in the incident left the site and contacted FWP law enforcement officers. No people were injured during the encounter. FWP staff confirmed the bear mortality and is investigating the incident along with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

The USFWS and FWP are also looking into a separate human-caused grizzly bear mortality in the Madison Range that occurred on Oct. 30, but no further information was being released. Grizzly bears are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and managed by the USFWS. So far this year the agency has tallied 29 known and probable grizzly bear mortalities in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem inside a region known as the Demographic Monitoring Area. Another 19 deaths have been recorded outside the DMA for a total of 48 grizzly bear deaths in 2020. Of the 29 documented deaths in the DMA, 13 bears were killed by officials after the bears were deemed a nuisance for killing livestock, raiding garbage or residences for food. Grizzly bears are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and managed by the USFWS. So far this year the agency has tallied 29 known and probable grizzly bear mortalities in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem inside a region known as the Demographic Monitoring Area. Another 19 deaths have been recorded outside the DMA for a total of 48 grizzly bear deaths in 2020.  [full article]

 

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