A grizzly bear was euthanized after a recent cattle depredation just north of Yellowstone National Park in the southern section of Park County, Montana. The adult male bear was captured shortly after it had killed a cow on private land Wednesday. In consultation with federal partners at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the decision was made to euthanize the bear due to this and past depredations in the area. Relocating bears safely is difficult at this time of year because of many factors, including high bear densities, heavy recreation use and other land uses in nearby areas.
This marks the second time within the demographic monitoring area of Montana’s portion of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, that management removal of a grizzly bear has been necessary this year. The first grizzly bear removed in this area in 2020 was captured and transferred to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, after it had gained access to food at campgrounds in the Rainbow Point area. Collaboration between agencies in making these decisions, happens through coordination by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee.