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Idaho Grizzly Bear Death Under Investigation

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Federal wildlife managers are investigating the death of a grizzly bear in southeastern Idaho.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a statement Tuesday saying hunters came across the dead bear in late September in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. The agency says an examination of the carcass and the site indicates the animal did not die of natural causes.

The grizzly bear is classified as a threatened species in the lower 48 states and protected by federal law.

A northern Idaho man was accused earlier this year of illegally shooting and killing a grizzly bear at his home in May. Federal prosecutors later dropped the misdemeanor charge against Jeremy
Hill, who as part of the deal, agreed his actions violated an Endangered Species Act regulation against removing nuisance bears.

      
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