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A shooting of a grizzly bear near Augusta is under investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

An Augusta landowner shot the bear on April 13, according to a press release from Montana's Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigates all grizzly-involved incidents due to their status on the Endangered Species List.

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"We have several bears down from the Front, even east of Highway 287," Mike Madel, FWP bear management specialist, said in a press release. "They have been coming around cabins and have gotten into livestock feed. But we've had no reports of depredations on livestock to date."

FWP is warning anyone going into areas with bears to prepare themselves with bear spray and remain "bear aware," paying attention to attractants and where they are in relation to bear environments.

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