Bear shot in Montana identified as famous Yellowstone Grizzly 211

(Montana) - Today, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks confirmed that the male grizzly bear shot in late November 2015 was the bear known to researchers as No. 211. According to the release issued today, No. 211 was killed in the Little Trail Creek drainage north of Gardiner, Montana on the Gallatin National Forest, an event under investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. No. 211 was nicknamed Scarface due to distinctive scars on the right side of his face likely the result of typical fights with other male grizzlies for females during mating season or to claim deer and elk carcasses. No. 211 was known to many photographers and wildlife watchers. For this reason, his life was often documented in the media. "He liked to frequent the Yellowstone Lake and Hayden Valley and was visible much of the time. He is arguably the most famous or second most famous bear in Yellowstone," said local wildlife biologist Tenley Thompson. In his prime, No. 211 weighed approximately 600 pounds. At his last capture in 2015, he had lost nearly half of his body weight, weighing in at only 338 pounds. His body condition was probably linked to his advanced age of 25 years. Less than 5 percent of male bears born in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem survive to 25 years. *Feature Photo: Grizzly. h/t Catherine Lall via Shutterstock / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news