WPR News
9:02 pm
Mon August 2, 2010

Grizzly in triple mauling was light, not starving

Billings, Mont. – Wildlife officials say a grizzly bear that preyed on campers outside Yellowstone National Park weighed less than average, but was in an area with ample food supplies and did not appear to be starving.

Montana officials said Monday that a necropsy has been completed on the female grizzly. The results still were being analyzed.

One person was killed and two injured during separate attacks by the bear Wednesday at the Soda Butte Campground.

Female grizzlies on average weigh 300 to 400 pounds, versus 221 pounds for the attacking bear. Her three cubs also were underweight.

Grizzly expert Chris Servheen with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the weight of the bears does not by itself explain the attacks and that the investigation was continuing.