Jun 27, 2011 5:00 PM by MT FWP
The grizzly bear cub that officials captured on Friday near Augusta died later that evening after being transferred to the MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife center in Helena.
The cub, about five months old, died from a combination of its poor condition and the immobilizing drugs used in the field.
Mike Madel, FWP bear management specialist, said, "It's a shame it didn't survive. It weighed just 28 pounds and was not going to survive on its own. So we took a chance that we could nurse it back to health, but it didn't work out."
A healthy cub of the same age would weigh about 40-45 pounds.
The male cub was born this winter, probably in late January, and somehow became separated from its mother, according to Madel.
The cub had been observed alone for about six weeks a few miles south of Augusta near the Rocky Mountain Front.
It had been feeding on carcasses but was still in poor shape.