In Defense Of Animals Offers $1,500 Reward In Grizzly Bear Killing
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org

FROM

Exposing the Big Game / In Defense of Animals (IDA)
November 2013

ACTION

In Defense of Animals (IDA), an international animal rights and protection organization, has offered a reward of $1500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who callously killed a grizzly bear mother of three cubs, leaving them orphaned.

Adding insult to injury, Chris Servheen, Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), has decided to send the two bear cubs to lifelong imprisonment at the Bronx Zoo in New York.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call 1-800-TIP-MONT ( 1-800-847-6668 ). Callers can remain anonymous.

Contact: Anja Heister
anja@idausa.org
phone (406) 544-5727

grizzly bear Jim Robertson
Photo of bears in the wild - Jim Robertson / Animals in the Wild

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

The mother grizzly bear was found Sunday, November 3, killed by a single gunshot wound, approximately three and a half miles northeast of the rural community of Ovando, Montana. While one cub escaped, officials with Montana’s Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) caught two of the mother’s female cubs, who are currently being held at the state-owned Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Helena, Montana.

Adding insult to injury, Chris Servheen, Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), has decided to send the two bear cubs to lifelong imprisonment at the Bronx Zoo in New York.

“If they haven’t been causing problems with people, these cubs should be released back into the wild,” said renowned biologist and bear specialist, Dr. Lynn Rogers with the Wildlife Research Institute in Ely, Minn.

“In 2005, two grizzly bear cubs were sent to the Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City, Indiana, after their mother had been killed by FWP,” said IDA’s Director of the Wild and Free-Habitats Campaign and Montana resident, Anja Heister. She added, “the cubs can now be seen relentlessly walking in circles in their small enclosure. These cubs have lost everything, their mother, their freedom and dignity, and their health. Demoted to objects of entertainment, they have been suffering from captive psychosis, abnormal behavior indicative of significant mental suffering.”

“Whoever killed this grizzly bear has to be held accountable for robbing an entire family of grizzlies of their lives – causing the death of a grizzly mother, and sending two innocent cubs into life-long captivity, while likely causing great trauma to the cub who escaped,” said Heister.


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