Charlo man charged in 2018 grizzly killing

Joshua Murdock

A Charlo man has been charged in federal court for allegedly shooting and killing a grizzly bear four years ago. 

Kevin Moll was charged Monday with one count of unlawful taking of a threatened species. Grizzly bears are listed as threatened in the Lower 48 states, and federal law prohibits the unauthorized killing of the animals. Moll has been ordered to make an initial appearance on the charge in U.S. District Court in Missoula at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 18. 

The charge, filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan Weldon, stems from an incident alleged to have occurred around Sept. 26, 2018, in which Moll shot a female grizzly from his vehicle, disposed of the carcass on a dairy farm bone pile, and later removed and discarded the bear’s ear tag and tracking collar once he saw wildlife managers looking for the bear, according to charging documents. 

In a probable-cause affidavit filed in support of the charge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Mona Iannelli wrote that a tracking collar on the bear “went to ‘zero'” on Sept. 26, 2018, indicating that the bear was dead and prompting a search for the bear by wildlife managers. Biologists used

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