Grizzly bear euthanized after cattle killed near Avon

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A grizzly bear was euthanized by wildlife officials on Monday in the Ophir Creek area northeast of Avon. The bear is said to have killed many cows on a local ranch…

The following is a press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks:

Wildlife officials euthanized a male grizzly bear on May 24 in the Ophir Creek area northeast of Avon. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wildlife specialists said the bear had been in the area consistently for the past month and killed several cows on a local ranch earlier this week.

The most recent cattle depredation was confirmed on May 23, and USDA Wildlife Services crews set traps on the site that evening. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made the decision to have the bear euthanized due to its history of cattle depredations and persistence in staying near livestock.

Multiple grizzly bears have been observed in the area this spring, and FWP and Wildlife Services having been working with local landowners to help secure livestock by removing bone piles and other attractants that can draw bears in. Despite these efforts, this bear remained persistent… Read more about this article in the link below…

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