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Mountain-Prairie Region

News Release

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Information in Montana Grizzly Bear Killing and Removal of GPS Collar

Grizzly bear illegally killed near Babb, Montana

For Immediate Release

October 2, 2020


GREAT FALLS - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking information on the illegal killing of a sow grizzly bear in northern Montana. The bear, collared by Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, was last known to be alive on May 4, 2020. Law enforcement agents believe the bear was killed on or around May 4 near Paisley Road, on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

The GPS collar on the bear was found to have been physically cut from the carcass of the bear, shortly after the collar had registered a mortality signal. GPS coordinates uploaded from the device show that the collar had been moved away from the site of the kill and dumped in a separate location. The GPS collar has since been retrieved by the Blackfeet Fish and Wildlife Department.

The Service is asking for your help. The Service is offering a monetary reward of up to $3,000 for information contributing significantly to and furthering the investigation into the death of this grizzly bear.

If you have any information about the killing of this grizzly bear, please call the Service’s Special Agent at 406-761-2286 or email lawenforcement@fws.gov. Members of the public who report information can remain anonymous.

The Service will apply applicable legal protections to hold accountable anyone who knowingly harasses, harms or feeds grizzly bears. Grizzly bears are currently protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.

For bear safety tips when living in or visiting grizzly bear country, visit: http://igbconline.org/bear-safety and https://www.fws.gov/news/blog/index.cfm/2016/7/8/Wildlife-Safety-Tips-for-Enjoying-the-Great-Outdoors.

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. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen in the West, visit our website, or connect with us through any of these social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and Instagram.

– FWS –

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

Christina Stone
(303) 990-3618
christina_stone@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: October 02, 2020
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