Elk NetworkGrizzly Euthanized after Raiding Backcountry Camps

General | September 13, 2019

Game wardens put down a male grizzly bear after it raided a number of camps along Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front.

“The bear was raiding human occupied camps along the South Fork of the Sun River near Pretty Prairie in the Bob Marshall Wilderness,” Dave Holland, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game warden captain, told KPAX-TV. “It had been involved in five incidents over seven days. It had been hazed by pepper spray, chased by dogs and shot at, and hazed by a helicopter without success.”

“This bear was food conditioned. It got a food reward somewhere in the Sun River drainage,” Mike Munoz, Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest district ranger, told KPAX-TV. “It approached people as close as 20 feet.”

(Photo source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)