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Mountain-Prairie Region

News Release

Conservation Groups & Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Offer Rewards for Information on Grizzly Bear Shooting

For Immediate Release

June 5, 2014


Grizzly Bear in Field at Yellowstone National Park. Credit: Terry Tollefsbol/USFWS
Grizzly Bear at Yellowstone National Park. Credit: Terry Tollefsbol/USFWS.

BILLINGS, Mont. – Two conservation groups and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are each offering separate rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting of a grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) on Gallatin National Forest. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is investigating the shooting. The grizzly bear was discovered by hikers over Memorial Day weekend in the vicinity of Cache Creek Road/Taylor Fork Road, which is just north of the Yellowstone National Park boundary on highway 191, and south of Big Sky, Montana. 

The Montana Chapter of Safari Club International is offering a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting. Defenders of Wildlife is offering a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ TIP-MONT program is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to contact the USFWS, Office of Law Enforcement in Billings, Montana at (406)247-7355. The Service will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.  Anyone providing that information to authorities may remain anonymous.  Information can also be reported to the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks TIP- MONT line at 1-800-TIP-MONT (800-847-6668).

Grizzly bears are listed as threatened in the lower 48 states pursuant to the Endangered Species Act.  The shooting and/or possession of any unlawfully harvested grizzly bears, including parts thereof, are considered a violation of said act. 

The area where the grizzly bear was discovered is frequented by outdoor recreationists and hunters alike, and according to reports, experienced heavy traffic over this popular weekend. As a result, someone recreating in the area may have relevant information that could aid investigators with the investigation. 

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie. Connect with our Facebook page, follow our tweets, watch our YouTube Channel, and download photos from our Flickr page.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Office of External Affairs

Mountain-Prairie Region

134 Union Blvd

Lakewood, CO 80228

303-236-7905

303-236-3815 FAX

www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/



Contacts

Special Agent Shawn Conrad
Office of Law Enforcement
(406) 247-7355

Leith Edgar
Office of External Affairs
(303) 236-4588
leith_edgar@fws.gov




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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with Others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American People.
Last modified: June 05, 2014
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