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Wildlife officials to euthanize problem grizzly

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- Wildlife officials have decided to euthanize a
grizzly bear that has killed seven calves at a ranch outside of Wolf Creek since
last weekend.
   Fish, Wildlife and Parks grizzly bear management specialist Mike Madel says
the 7 1/2 -year-old, 535-pound bear is being transported to an FWP lab in Bozeman
 to be killed on Friday.
   Madel tells the Great Falls Tribune  that the bear likely emerged from its den
 less than two weeks ago, but it's already strongly habituated to ranching
 activities. The bear had been returning to the farm's calving lot night after night
 and caching the calf carcasses instead of immediately feeding.
   Steve DeMers of USDA's Wildlife Services set snares Monday and the bear was
found in one of the traps Thursday.
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   AP-WF-03-30-12 1301GMT

 

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