Montana Bear News For The Week

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

First bear story is from Cascade County, Montana sheriff's deputies who killed a black bear late Tuesday night as it was spotted rummaging through trash near the Fox Farm area. The Sheriff stated that deputies were called to a residence around 10:30 p.m. and saw the bear digging through a 55-gallon drum that was about 4 feet from the back of a house. They consulted with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials, who said the bear should be euthanized because it had became desensitized to humans. Authorities are unsure if the bear shot was the same as the one that had been seen around Great Falls for about a week.

The second bear incident involves a black bear with a cub was illegally shot and killed in Belgrade,Montana. A Montana FWP game warden stated that the sow was killed August 3rd and died instantly from a shot in the neck. The person who reported the death told investigators they found the cub near its mother. Officials estimate the sow was 7-10 years-old. The male cub was born this year and weighs about 30 pounds.

The third involves a grizzly that was relocated in the northwestern part of the state. Wildlife officials captured the male grizzly north of Columbia Falls and relocated it near the Canadian border, even though it was not the bear they were originally looking for. FWP officials stated that the bear was captured while trying to get a grizzly that was breaking into sheds, garbage and dog food, but that the bear they captured had bigger paws. The bear that was captured was relocated because it was in an area with houses. It was fitted with a radio collar so its movements can be monitored.

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