Giant, 800 pound grizzly illegally killed on the Rocky Mountain Front

“Someone just indiscriminately shot the bear”

The bear was informally known as Maximus. His decaying carcass was found by a rancher off Fish Creek west of Dupuyer, Montana.

Officials probe killing of giant grizzly on Front. By Karl Puckett. Great Falls Tribune Staff Writer. The Tribune article says that was probably the 2 nd largest grizzly in Montana.






  1. ProWolf in WY Avatar
    ProWolf in WY

    Let’s hope this person gets nailed. The anti-Palin comments were interesting in the article. The paws on that bear look like they should be on a Kodiak.

  2. Don Avatar

    How sad. In many years of tracking and filming grizly’s in and around Yellowstone I doubt I have ever seen one much over 4, maby 500 lbs.
    How magnificiant the big guy must have been. I would of given half my ownings jutt to see him one time.
    What is wrong with these people, have they no heart or brain for that matter.
    Far to much Serah Palin and far to less intelligence.

  3. Caroline Stevens Avatar
    Caroline Stevens

    I was sick to read this report–that beautiful, massive bear who had NEVER been in trouble. What is being done to find and punish his murderer? I know what I would like to do to this creep……I hope he is caught and SEVERELY punished.

  4. Richie,NJ Avatar

    This is very very sad, it only takes one rotten person to spoil our wildlife. This person should be banned for life of hunting in this region, put him in jail for three years at least.

  5. Mike Avatar

    ++How sad. In many years of tracking and filming grizly’s in and around Yellowstone I doubt I have ever seen one much over 4, maby 500 lbs.++

    Don – The Crown of the Continent ecosystem is very special. Even the black bears up there seem bigger.

    I was up on the front this fall, and it was a great experience. I pulled into Choteau at about 1 AM,and then had to drive 40 miles on bad road to my camp. The wind was howling out on the front. Even though I was driving on the prairie, you could just feel how wild this country is. This is where those great bears come from. IMHO wilderness designation for this area is a priority.

  6. william huard Avatar
    william huard

    caroline, it will be interesting to see if caught if the poacher even has his hunting privledges suspended at all. until there are stiffer penalties these incidences will continue to happen- where’s the deterence?


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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