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Grizzly bear euthanized after history of food conditioning


Toni Sexton

Stevi, a sub-adult grizzly bear, was captured July 17.

SEELEY LAKE - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) euthanized a sub-adult male grizzly bear named Stevi Thursday, July 18 following a history of breaking into outbuildings and dumpsters and pursuing other attractants around homes and recreation areas, most recently in the Seeley Lake and Woodworth areas. A second young male grizzly bear was euthanized July 19 for food conditioning and sheep predation along the Marias River near the inlet of Tiber Dam.

FWP bear management specialist Jamie Jonkel said Stevi was exhibiting extreme food-conditioned behavior. Once bears become conditioned...

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