NATIONAL BRIEFING / MONTANA

TIMES WIRE REPORTS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward for information leading to the conviction of whoever illegally shot one of Montana's largest grizzly bears. The carcass of the bear -- called Maximus because he stood 7 1/2 feet tall and weighed about 800 pounds -- was found Aug. 12 on a ranch in northern Montana. The bear had been dead about a month.

Special Agent Brian Lakes said the reward would be substantial, but did not give specifics. Officials are investigating two other illegal shootings of grizzly bears.

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