The carcass was transported to the FWP lab in Bozeman where examination revealed that the grizzly bear had been shot.
There was evidence of additional bears at the site and a remote camera photographed two yearling grizzly bears that were orphaned due to the death of the adult female. The young bears are about 15 months old and looked to be in good condition. The decision was made to leave the young bears in the wild.
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