WEST GLACIER, Mont. (AP) — A member of the Glacier National Park road crew found a male grizzly bear dead on Going-to-the-Sun Road.
An initial investigation by the National Park Service indicated the bear probably fell onto the road from a steep snowbank between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday.
A necropsy revealed the 190-pound bear suffered head injuries, broken ribs and other internal injuries consistent with a fall. Park officials say the terrain above where the bear fell includes a steep snowbank, some steep cliffs and a drop of approximately 12 feet.
Park officials notified the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is required because the grizzly bear is listed as an endangered species. It also informed Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
An estimated 300 grizzly bears live in Glacier National Park.