Kalispell — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are investigating the death of a grizzly bear up the North Fork of the Flathead River in northwest Montana.
On May 18, a landowner on Coal Creek Road reported finding the carcass of a grizzly bear near the road. Montana Game Wardens investigated the death in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The subadult male bear, estimated to be 2-3 years old, was wearing a GPS radio collar that was fitted from a previous management capture by FWP. Based on the radio collar data, the bear is believed to have died the night of May 16.
No additional information is available at this time due to the ongoing investigation.
Grizzly bears are a federally protected species, and it is illegal to harm, harass, or kill grizzly bears, except in cases of self-defense or the defense of others.
Anyone with possible information is encouraged to call 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). Callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.