GREAT FALLS — State wildlife officials euthanized a 3-year-old male grizzly bear after it killed a calf at a ranch near Augusta and continued to try to get into ranch buildings.
The 330-pound bear was put down Wednesday, said Fish, Wildlife and Parks grizzly bear management specialist Mike Madel.
The bear's ability to get on its hind legs and try to push into buildings was the biggest concern.
"There's a risk to relocating a bear that's displaying that kind of behavior," Madel said.
The calf was killed on June 11. Madel says the bear also entered a pig pen, but the two 4-H pigs were able to find shelter in a barn.
The bear returned on Tuesday and was captured in a culvert trap, Madel said.
The bear's hide and skull will be donated to a museum or an organization interested in using them for educational purposes.