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Montana Grizzly Euthanized for Eating Chickens

Terry Tollefsbol/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A grizzly bear with a taste for chicken was captured and euthanized last week in Montana, according to state wildlife officials.

The grizzly, which officials placed between 12 and 15 years old and 575 pounds, started searching for food and destroying property northeast of Columbia Falls.

The bear was captured in September near Coram after destroying a chicken coop and killing the chickens. Officials relocated the bear, with a radio collar, 40 miles away in an area south of Marias Pass.

Relocation efforts failed, however, when the bear made its way back to the Coram area and broke out a truck’s back window to get at horse feed on Nov. 11. It was then euthanized after being deemed as a nuisance bear.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, grizzlies will eat whatever is most easily available to them. They also have excellent memory when it comes to food sources.

Of the estimated 1,500 grizzlies that live in the continental United States, about 800 live in Montana.


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Montana Grizzly Euthanized for Eating Chickens