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Reward bumped up for information on dead grizzlies

Staff Report | February 3, 2021 8:40 AM

The potential reward has increased to $6,750 for anyone with information about the death of two grizzly bears found near Bigfork last November.

 Individuals have anonymously donated $5,750 as an increased reward for information that leads to a conviction. Montana’s Outdoor Legacy Foundation is facilitating the reward between the donors and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, which also provides up to $1,000 for information.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668), or Warden Justin Slobuszewski at 406-253-2934. Callers may remain anonymous. If the information leads to a conviction, callers could be eligible for a cash reward.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and FWP are investigating the deaths near Bigfork. The carcasses of an adult female bear and cub were located Nov. 9 on Bear Creek Road near Montana Highway 83. No additional information is available at this time due to the ongoing investigation, FWP said.