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USMother grizzly bear killed by train, then her 2 cubs struck and killed by another train, Montana officials say

22:11  18 june  2019
22:11  18 june  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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A mother grizzly bear and her two cubs were struck and killed by freight trains in two separate incidents earlier this month, according to officials . (iStock). Fish and Wildlife officials investigated both incidents and determined there were "no attractants present" that would have drawn the three bears

MISSOULA, Mont. - - Two grizzly bear cubs have been killed by a train in northwestern Montana , driving the number of bear deaths toward last year's record level for the region, Montana officials said . The two cubs , one female and the other of unknown sex, were found Tuesday night along railroad

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Unfortunately, it was not a fairy tale ending for these three bears.

Three members of a grizzly bear family grazing by train tracks near Glacier National Park in Montana were killed when they were struck by trains in two incidents that occurred just hours apart earlier this month, officials said.

Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks said in a news release on Monday the first freight train hit the 232-pound mother grizzly around 4:19 a.m. on June 6 approximately two miles east of Marias Pass near Glacier National Park.

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Train drivers filmed the bear and her cubs moving along the tracks in the Sakha Republic of north-eastern ensures the cubs make it to safety, but she is run over by the train By KHALEDA RAHMAN FOR The train driver then speeds up and blares the train 's horn in a bid to scare the cubs away.

"The adult female was previously captured in 2000 as part of a Glacier National Park research project," the agency said.

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Later that same day, the mother bear's two male yearlings were also struck and killed -- in the same spot -- by another freight train. Each of the young bears weighed 65 pounds, according to officials.

Fish and Wildlife officials investigated both incidents and determined there were "no attractants present" that would have drawn the three bears to the tracks.

Conflicts between trains and bears have been problematic in the region.  A series of derailments in the 1980s and 1990s spilled grain along the right-of-way that attracted bears, according to the Flathead Beacon.

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A female grizzly bear and her two cubs were fatally hit by a vehicle last week in Montana , according to tribal wildlife officials . “The particular female has been collecting data for us on her movements around the Flathead Indian Reservation. We are saddened to see her and her two cubs were killed

Wildlife experts say the death of a mother grizzly bear and her two cubs — including a rare, blond-headed grizzly — in Banff National Park is a major Bourdin said the two cubs , which are believed to be No. 143's second set as a mother , were likely killed by a large male grizzly or another predator

Last year, trains in West Glacier and Columbia Falls struck and killed two males, the paper reported.

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"FWP has worked with agencies and railroad companies over the years to minimize grizzly bear mortalities along travel routes," the Montana agency said Monday. "These preventative measures include reducing attractants."

Montana officials said that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was notified of the incidents.

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The region, known as the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, is home to more than 1,000 grizzly bears and spans Glacier National Park, parts of the Flathead and Blackfeet Indian Reservations, in addition to parts of five national forests, state, and private lands.

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