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Two Grizzlies Killed After Conflicts With Livestock Near St. Ignatius

Grizzly bears showing up on prairies north of Great Falls.
Courtesy CSKT Natural Resources Department
Tribal wildlife biologists lethally removed these two female yearling grizzly bears from the St. Ignatius area after conflicts with livestock.

Tribal wildlife biologists lethally removed two female yearling grizzly bears from the St. Ignatius area on Tuesday.

Biologists saw one of the yearlings chasing livestock. Similar reports have been noted around St. Ignatius.Germaine White of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes says the decision to euthanize became clear when the young grizzlies were indifferent to human proximity.

“When the bear biologists made attempts to haze them, they were unfazed. They have been very habituated by humans. “

White says this sort of thing not unusual.

“Unfortunately, we have had bears removed in the past, we encourage people to eliminate attractants.”

Attracts would mean garbage, pet foods and bird seed. White recommends an electric fence to keep bears away from livestock.

People with bear problems on the Flathead Reservation are encouraged to call Tribal Dispatch at 406-675-4700.

Corin Cates-Carney manages MTPR’s daily and long-term news projects. After spending more than five years living and reporting across Western and Central Montana, he became news director in early 2020.
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