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FWP won't pursue bear euthanization in captive-bred grizzly mauling case

Published On: Nov 13 2012 09:57:27 PM MST
GRIZZLY BEAR DARK
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Montana officials say they will not challenge a wildlife company's refusal to kill a captive grizzly bear living in the same pen as another bear who mauled an animal trainer.

Fish and Wildlife Administrator Dave Risley said Tuesday agency officials don't believe they have authority to enforce their request that the bear, named Yosemite, be killed.

But Risley says the bear will always be suspect, and is likely to be permanently barred from leaving the Bozeman-area property of Animals of Montana.

The wildlife casting agency charges fees to film and photograph exotic animals.

Yosemite's brother Griz was shot on the scene after Griz killed Benjamin Cloutier Nov. 4 in the bears' pen.

Authorities ruled the death an accident, and Head Trainer Demetri Price said the mauling wasn't an attack.

He believes Cloutier fell and got knocked unconscious, and Griz acted on his wild instincts.

Investigators said Cloutier, who was cleaning the pen at the time, showed no defensive wounds.

Animal advocates filed a complaint with federal safety officials Tuesday alleging Cloutier's death was avoidable.

Price said Animals of Montana takes the safety of its company and animals very seriously.