Bear hunters – know your bears! There isn’t a grizzly bear season in Montana yet. A mid-May grizzly bear shooting near Bonner, Montana sparked a federal investigation. News Talk KGVO reported that the grizzly bear was shot by a Montana resident black bear hunter. Few details are being provided due to it being a federal investigation of a protected species. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services spokesman Ryan Moehring stated the following:
“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in conjunction with its partners at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is actively investigating the self-reported killing of a grizzly bear by a black bear hunter in the Johnson Creek drainage near Bonner, Montana. This is an active ongoing investigation and the service will share more information with the public when the circumstances of the case permit.”
A necropsy will be done, and more information will be released after that. This is just another reason that Montana bear hunters are required to pass a bear identification test prior to receiving a black bear tag.
(Feature photo via tiderip.com)