Montana Rancher Kills Black Bear In Home

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Dept., Bear Hunting Magazine

A rancher who lives along the Rocky Mountains in Montana shot and killed a black bear Monday evening after it scaled a tall fence and broke into his house.

The man discovered the damage when he returned to his home after being gone for a while. The young male bear had broken through a screen and entered an open window, wrecked a lazy Susan and tore off a door to get to food in the trash and in the pantry. The man spotted the bear when it ran across ahead of him in the house. He then retrieved his rifle and shot it. The man's children were not home at the time of the incident.

A bear management specialist with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks stated that the bear had probably been in the house for an hour. Drought conditions have had officials fearing increased bear conflicts, but the chokecherry crop has been good so they are hoping this will keep bear issues at a minimum this fall.

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