MTPR

Stacy Courville

A record number of grizzly bears are being killed by cars as they roam the roads in and around Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana. At the same time, they're causing an unprecedented amount of damage to crops and livestock.

As fall approaches, tribal and state wildlife officials are reminding Montanans to be bear aware and secure any attractants that might lead to trouble between people and bears.

A meeting in Arlee Tuesday, co-sponsored by The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) and the conservation group People and Carnivores, focused on reducing conflicts between the growing population of grizzly bears — and people — in the Mission Valley.

Grizzly bears.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

A grizzly bear cub was euthanized today after being orphaned July 27 when its mother and two siblings were killed in a car crash. Wildlife managers say they spent 11 days searching for a suitable facility to take the cub, but found none.

The 7-month old cub weighed 34 pounds. Biologists say a cub-of-the-year is unable to survive on its own.

Stacy Courville checks his arm for splatter from the "bait bucket."
Nick Mott

Corrected 08/02/18, 6 p.m.

Grizzly bears in northern Montana are being killed this year at a rate far outpacing what’s typically seen.

On average, 25 grizzlies are removed from the population each year in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem. So far this year that number is already at 27.

It is illegal to feed wildlife, and if anybody observes or has information about someone feeding bears on the Reservation, contact Tribal Conservation Officers at 675-4700.
(PD)

After another grizzly bear relocation from the Flathead Indian Reservation, there’s growing concern that someone is feeding the bears.