OVANDO, Mont. - State wildlife officials are looking for information on the shooting death of a grizzly bear found Sunday approximately three and a half miles northeast of Ovando.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) game wardens responded to a report of a dead adult female grizzly on Sunday, Nov. 3, and an initial investigation that evening found the bear had died of a gunshot wound.
The bear had three cubs of the year, and FWP was able to trap two of the cubs. The cubs will be placed in the Bronx Zoo. Multiple attempts to capture the third cub were unsuccessful.
FWP bear management specialist, Jamie Jonkel, notes that there is a chance that the lone cub could survive the winter on its own, and FWP may make additional attempts to locate the bear if it receives reports of sightings.
Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 for information leading to a conviction.
The following release was sent out by FWP.