- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 9, 2015

ST. REGIS, Mont. (AP) - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say poachers killed a female black bear near St. Regis, leaving the carcass and two abandoned cubs behind.

Wardens say the bear was killed sometime between May 31 and June 3. A group of people on all-terrain vehicles discovered the dead bear while riding on Forest Service Road 221 along the south forth of Little Joe Creek, west of St. Regis. The carcass was found about 30 miles off the road.

Wardens found two cubs, born this year. One died of malnourishment. The second was taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center in Helena.

While black bear hunting is allowed in the area, wardens say hunters are prohibited from killing a female with cubs.

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