Grizzly Bear

State and federal wildlife officials are investigating the shooting death of a male grizzly bear in northwestern Montana.

LIBBY, Montana (AP) — State and federal wildlife officials are investigating the shooting death of a male grizzly bear in northwestern Montana.

The young adult bear was found dead on a forest road north of Libby near the Idaho border in the Kootenai National Forest.

Investigators believe the animal was killed on the evening of May 20.

Grizzly bears in northwestern Montana are protected as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the Barron/Bristow Creek area to call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 406-329-3000 or the state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks at 1-800-TIP-MONT

A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered for any information leading to a conviction.