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Grizzly Cub Hit, Killed by Train

Headlines - Region 4

Fri Oct 27 00:00:00 MDT 2006

            A male grizzly bear cub of the year was killed Oct. 22 by a Burlington Northern train just east of Marias Pass on the southern edge of Glacier National Park.

            “There was evidence at the site that he was traveling with his mother and another cub,” says Mike Madel, Fish, Wildlife and Parks bear management specialist.

            The other two bears were unharmed and headed into Glacier Park.

The accident happened about 5 p.m., nearly a mile east of Summit at Marias Pass.

            “Burlington Northern was very quick in notifying us,” Madel says. The carcass was taken to FWP’s wildlife lab in Bozeman for a necropsy. The cub weighed about 100 pounds, which is large for a cub born last winter.

Madel says the presence of the bears did not involve any kind of spill or attractant.