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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Lakewood, Colorado 80228

 

September 10, 2001

Roger Parker, 406-247-7355

GRIZZLY BEAR FOUND SHOT - REWARD OFFERED

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Defenders of Wildlife are offering a reward for information leading to the prosecution of individuals responsible for the shooting of a grizzly bear, found on Montana Route 1 between Heart Butte and Birch Creek in Southwest Montana. The bear, is thought to have had young as it was producing milk. Its claws had also been removed.

If anyone has information about this incident please contact any of the following:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Falls Office, (406) 453-4761, or
Blackfeet Tribe Fish and Wildlife Department, (406) 338-7207
Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks: (406) 276-7033

A necropsy will be performed on the bear at Montana’s Fish, Wildlife and Parks forensics laboratory in Bozeman. Initial reports indicate the bear was shot several times then dumped on Rte. 1 near the south boundary of the Blackfeet Reservation where it was picked up by Tribal Game Wardens. The actual location of the shooting is unknown.

The Defenders of Wildlife are offering a $2,500 reward for information regarding the shooting. Depending on the timeliness and results of the information received, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will provide an additional reward of up to $2,500.

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