Three grizzlies killed in Flathead, cubs relocated

Joshua Murdock

Three grizzly bears were euthanized by Montana wildlife managers in early July after repeatedly getting into garbage around the Flathead region. 

A pair of cubs with one of the bears is being sent to a sanctuary in Pennsylvania. 

All three grizzlies were killed after capture by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks on July 10. An adult female with cubs was captured near Lupfer Meadows north of Whitefish. A pair of male grizzlies between 2.5 and 3.5 years old was captured in the Blankenship area north of Columbia Falls. FWP announced the actions on Friday afternoon. 

Dillon Tabish, a spokesperson for FWP Region 1, said on Friday that he knew of seven total grizzlies, including those three, that had been euthanized in the area so far this year. All were food-conditioned, he said. He can’t assess how this season ranks compared to others until the fall, he said, but he noted that bear managers across western Montana have been particularly busy this year. 

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The adult female had been captured and relocated to Glacier National Park in 2020 after raiding garbage and chicken coops around Columbia Falls,

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