Old Grizzly Euthanized
An aging Montana grizzly bear, known as Stanley had to be euthanized. On Friday the bear was able to get into a landmark barn and eat 30-50 lbs of livestock feed. Saturday a trap was set out and the grizzly bear was captured south of Augusta, Montana.
The bear was so old its teeth were worn down and decayed. It is believed this is what caused him to venture out of his normal habitat, and forage for easier food. He was taken to Montana's Fish, Wildlife and Parks Bozeman laboratory. The bear was very emaciated, which was one of the reasons he was euthanized. In 2007 he was responsible for cabin break-ins in the Flathead National Forest.
Mike Madel, a grizzly bear management specialist for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, says the bear was between 24 and 27 years old. Male grizzlies usually only live to about 22 years old, where the female will live longer than males. This bear may be the oldest one captured in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem. From The Great Falls Tribune.