Montana Restaurant Owners Kept Secret Stash of Bear Paws

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The husband and wife owners of New Hunan restaurant in Helena, Montana, face thousands of dollars in fines after authorities recovered a five-gallon bucket filled with twelve bear paws from their kitchen, while a search of their home yielded three gallbladders and a freezer filled with two butchered black bears. A investigator with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks says the agency received a tip that the couple was asking hunter-type clientele for leads on black-bear gallbladders; a panacea-like effect is ascribed to bear bile in some branches of traditional medicine, and the poached organ can fetch thousands in parts of Asia, along with paws, which are also allegedly tasty. New Hunan's owners say they were just dabbling in all that bile to fix the wife's hip problems, but because agents concluded that the couple wasn't shipping bear parts out of state, they've yet to rule out a terrifying secret menu of paw-and-bile health smoothies. [Billings Gazette]