Investigators are seeking information about the suspected poaching of this year-old grizzly bear.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are investigating the death of a grizzly bear found on Aug. 23. The year-old male bear was shot on Aug. 22 while in a chokecherry patch along Dupuyer Creek between Valier and Dupuyer.

There were no known or reported human-bear conflicts in the vicinity where the bear was found, and this is being investigated as a poaching incident.

The Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of up to $1,500 for information contributing significantly to the investigation into the death of this grizzly bear.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 1-800-TIP-MONT (1-800-847-6668), the Fish and Wildlife Service’s special agent at 307-250-1715 or email FWP at  lawenforcement@fws.gov

Callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for an additional cash reward through the TIP-MONT program.

Grizzly bears in Montana and the lower 48 states are currently protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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