Investigation underway of grizzly bear shot along Dupuyer Creek

VALIER – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are investigating the death of a grizzly bear found on Aug. 23. The year-old male bear was shot on Aug. 22 while in a chokecherry patch along Dupuyer Creek between Valier and Dupuyer. There were no known or reported human-bear conflicts in the vicinity where the bear was found, and this is being investigated as a poaching incident.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of up to $1,500 for information contributing significantly to the investigation into the death of this grizzly bear.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668), the Fish and Wildlife Service’s special agent at 307-250-1715 or email lawenforcement@fws.gov. Callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for an additional cash reward through the TIP-MONT program.

Grizzly bears in Montana and the lower 48 states are currently protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.

For bear safety tips when living in or visiting grizzly bear country, visit: http://igbconline.org/bear-safety or https://fwp.mt.gov/conservation/species/bear.