Scarface, a grizzly boar of considerable renown, one that was naturally in his twilight years, was shot to death outside Yellowstone National Park last November, Montana state officials said Monday.
The bear, known as No. 211 to wildlife biologists, 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.
The boar was recognizable "because of 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," a release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said. "No. 211 was known to many photographers and wildlife watchers. For this reason, his life was often documented in the media."
While Scarface in his prime probably weighed close to 600 pounds, when he last was captured by biologists to gather information he weighed not quite 340 pounds. "His body condition was probably linked to his advanced age of 25 years," the release said. "Less than 5 percent of male bears born in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem survive to 25 years."
The grizzly bear is protected by both the federal government and the State of Montana as a threatened species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service routinely investigates incidents affecting threatened and endangered species and is conducting an investigation with the assistance of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.