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Mountain-Prairie Region

News Release

Joint Investigation of Juvenile Grizzly Bear Shot Along Dupuyer Creek

For Immediate Release

September 28, 2021


VALIER – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are investigating the death of a grizzly bear found on Aug. 23. The year-old male bear was shot on Aug. 22 while in a chokecherry patch along Dupuyer Creek between Valier and Dupuyer. There were no known or reported human-bear conflicts in the vicinity where the bear was found, and this is being investigated as a poaching incident.

Two photos side-by-side, showing a juvenile grizzly bear, roughly two years of age. The bear stands along the edge of shrubs in the left image. In the right image, the bear walks through a field of grass
Investigators are seeking information about the suspected poaching of this year-old grizzly bear. Photos courtesy of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of up to $1,500 for information contributing significantly to the investigation into the death of this grizzly bear.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s special agent at 307-250-1715 or email lawenforcement@fws.gov. Callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for an additional cash reward through the TIP-MONT program.

Grizzly bears in Montana and the lower 48 states 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 or https://fwp.mt.gov/conservation/species/bear.

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

Jessica Sutt
(239) 238-3621
jessica_sutt@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: September 28, 2021
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