$10,000 Offered In Grizzly Shooting Case

Jackson Hole Daily, Bear Hunting Magazine

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is offering up to $10,000 for information about the shooting of two yearling grizzly cubs on October 19. The bears were found on Warm Springs Mountain west of Dubois, which is about 50 miles southeast of the Yellowstone National Park boundary. One was a male, the other female, Game and Fish said in a statement.

Investigators believe they were shot late October 18 or early the next day. Two hunters reported finding the bears. "Without information to the contrary, we have to assume these bears were taken illegally rather than in self-defense," Regional Wildlife Supervisor Kent Schmidlin said in a statement. "In the past, self-defense human-bear conflicts resulting in the death of a grizzly bear have been reported and investigated quickly, generally resulting in no penalties for the individual that took the bear."

"Since no one has yet come forward informing us that the bears were legally taken in self-defense, we are working on the assumption that it was foul play," he said.

The mother of the cubs is believed to be in the area. Tracks were found at the scene following the death of the cubs. Game and Fish urged hunters to take precautions and carry bear pepper spray.

"The known presence of the sow in the area is a concern, and it made the investigation much more difficult," Schmidlin said in his statement. "If anyone was in the area around the time of the incident, any information they can provide us regarding the death of these bears would be greatly appreciated."

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Lander Game and Fish office at 307-332-2688. Information can also be reported by calling the Stop Poaching Hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP. Tips may also be reported online at http://gf.state.wy.us.

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