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More grizzlies moving into Red Lodge area

   BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A state biologist based in Red Lodge says grizzly
bear observations in the region have doubled every year for the past three
years along the southeastern base of the Beartooth Mountains.
   Shawn Stewart of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks tells the Billings Gazette
that by the time bears denned last year officials had identified grizzly bears in
every major drainage in the Beartooths.
   Stewart started working in the area in 1976 and says that in the first 20 years
the agency couldn't verify grizzly bears in the area at all.
   Officials estimate there are about 700 grizzlies in the Great Yellowstone Eco
system.
   Stewart says the Beartooth Face doesn't have a lot of grizzly bear food sources,
and four grizzlies in about the last year have been euthanized by the agency,
mainly for killing livestock.
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   Information from: Billings Gazette
   AP-WF-06-29-13 2139GMT

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