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2 grizzlies found dead in Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem

Posted at 3:31 PM, Aug 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-31 17:31:39-04

RONAN – Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks is investigating two separate grizzly bear deaths that happened in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem.

The first was an adult female grizzly bear that was killed after being hit by a vehicle on U.S. Highway 2 between Marias Pass and East Glacier on Aug. 23.

The bear was 17 years old and was accompanied by a yearling bear.

FWP says yearlings have a higher survival rate than cubs when separated, and no attempts were made to capture it.

The second was an adult male grizzly that was found dead in Crow Creek near Ronan. The cause of death is unknown, but FWP says they don’t think it was killed illegally.

An investigation into the deaths is ongoing.

Reporting by Don Fisher for MTN News