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Grizzly relocated for killing chickens near Coram, euthanized after breaking into pickup


KALISPELL, Montana — State wildlife officials euthanized a male grizzly bear that had begun destroying property northeast of Columbia Falls to get at food.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks grizzly bear management specialist Tim Manley says the bear had been captured near Coram in September after it broke into a chicken coop and killed chickens. It was radio collared and relocated about 40 miles away, south of Marias Pass.

The bear was captured Wednesday after Coram area residents reported a bear broke out the back window of a pickup truck to get at horse feed, got into a refrigerator on a porch and tried to get into a camper.

Manley says the bear was between 12 and 15 years old and weighed 575 pounds.

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