Cattle-killing Bear Shot by Wildlife Officials


COLUMBUS, Mont. (AP) – Wildlife officials have shot a grizzly bear that killed 12 cows in Stillwater County.

Shawn Stewart of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks tells the Stillwater County News ( that U.S. Wildlife Services officials killed the bear Thursday along East Fiddler Creek.

The bear was responsible for a dozen cattle deaths in the Fishtail and Fiddler Creek area since Aug. 14.

Stewart says the sow eluded wildlife officials for weeks. The bear did not return to any of the kill sites and seemed to sense where traps had been set.

The bear had been fitted with a radio collar after previously being trapped east of Red Lodge in July. It was released along the Gallatin River only to be trapped and released again by researchers in the Gardiner area.

Source:  Associated Press

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