News Release

October 11, 2011

Grizzly Bear Death under Investigation

Media Contacts:
Robert Romero, 503-682-6131

Public is asked for information

IDAHO FALLS -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the death of a grizzly bear whose decomposing body was found by hunters in late September in Idaho, a few miles south of Yellowstone National Park.

According to investigators, the dead bear was found in the vicinity of Lower Goose Lake in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Examination of the carcass and the site indicates the bear did not die of natural causes.

Anyone who was in the area, particularly after Labor Day, and has any information that might help in the investigation is asked to contact the Fish and Wildlife Service at 208-523-0855. Because grizzly bears in Idaho are a federally protected species, the Fish and Wildlife Service is the lead agency in the investigation, with assistance from the Idaho Department of Fish & Game.