- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Wildlife authorities shot and killed a female grizzly bear after she twice killed sheep on a ranch southeast of Valier.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks grizzly bear manager Mike Madel tells the Great Falls Tribune (http://gftrib.com/25ALrr1 ) that federal wildlife officials shot the 6-year-old bear from a helicopter on Sunday as it was bedded down near the west shore of Lake Frances, with is southwest of Valier.

The bear and two cubs were relocated to the North Fork of the Flathead River area last July after killing sheep on the ranch. The 350-pound bear returned this year, without her cubs, and killed more sheep.

Madel says wildlife officials have captured and relocated three grizzly bears along the Rocky Mountain Front this spring, while one grizzly was shot in self-defense east of Choteau.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com

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