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In response to a new state law, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks bear managers produced a set of maps showing where they might release grizzlies captured during their official duties. On Thursday, the state Fish and Game Commission sent the maps out for public comment.

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Staff euthanized the grizzly because it posed a threat to human safety, the park said. That bear had received numerous food rewards from unsecured sources, causing it to show "increasingly bold behavior."

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The state has tried to buck federal constraints on hunting. But aside from a few short-lived victories and a recent win on wolves, its grizzly bears and gray wolves remained firmly in the custody of the U.S. government, shielded by the stringent terms of the Endangered Species Act.

“This is bear country — we all understand that,” one resident said. “I know what they’re about. There’s lions and bears and wolves here. You’ve got to be aware of your surroundings.

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