A collared male grizzly bear confirmed to have killed livestock near the Rocky Mountain Front north of Choteau was euthanized Friday afternoon after approval from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
The news release states that Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks helped the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services euthanize the animal. In 2021, the bear was first captured and collared in a trap set due to cattle depredation in the area. It was unknown at the time if the trapped bear had killed a calf or was scavenging the carcass. After the bear was collared, it was released on-site.
Later that year, the bear was near two other livestock killing sites, confirmed by collar data and a trail camera. At the time, the bear had avoided attempts to be captured. Landowners had reported that a sheep had been killed in the area. Wildlife Service technicians and FWP confirmed the bear killed the sheep after looking at the collar data showing the animal was present when the sheep was killed.
After receiving approval from U.S. Fish and & Wildlife Service, the four-year-old bear weighing close to 400 pounds was shot and killed. The head and hide of the animal were salvaged and will be used for educational purposes. Grizzly bears are protected under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the final authority in the management actions of animals.