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Grizzly bear euthanized earlier this month in Big Sky

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Over the course of a few weeks, a grizzly bear accessed garbage in unsecured bear-resistant containers as well as one instance when the bear found unsecured food in a vehicle.

“Attempts to haze the bear after attractants were stored properly and secured with electric fencing were unsuccessful,” a release from Montana, Fish, Wildlife and Parks stated. 

According to FWP, the bear was captured on Aug. 4 and euthanized on Aug. 6 after consultations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The female grizzly bear had no cubs and was estimated to be 3-5 years old. The bear was euthanized because it had “it had become conditioned to seeking food from unnatural sources, which creates human safety risks,” the release stated.

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