Two bears have been found dead in Yellowstone National Park near Fishing Bridge.
A grizzly was discovered dead Tuesday about 50 yards off the road and one-half mile south of LeHardy Rapids, north of Fishing Bridge. The bear was an adult male grizzly, medium brown in color. The bear weighed 576 pounds. The animal will be taken to Bozeman for a necropsy to determine cause of death.
Also on Tuesday, a black bear was found in a ditch next to the road south of Fishing Bridge, about halfway between Lake and West Thumb. It is believed the bear was struck and killed by a vehicle sometime Tuesday afternoon. The sub-adult male weighed 79 pounds. No one has reported the accident.
A total of four black bears have been killed inside Yellowstone National Park this year; two in motor vehicle accidents and two problem bears that were euthanized. Three grizzly bears have been killed in the park this year; one by a motor vehicle, one in a trapping accident and the most recent whose cause of death is unknown. One grizzly bear was also trapped in the park and relocated to ZooMontana in Billings.