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Young Male Grizzly Captured North of Great Falls, Moved West of Divide

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Fish & Wildlife - Region 4

A year-and-a-half old, 223-pound, male grizzly bear was captured June 30 on the Teton River north of Great Falls, following a calf depredation.

The bear was one of three yearlings that it’s believed had moved downstream on the Teton River from the Rocky Mountain Front. The other two bears, a male and a female, escaped capture.

The captured bear was moved to the Puzzle Creek Drainage in the Flathead National Forest west of Marias Pass.

The bear trio had been spotted in mid-June along the Teton about nine miles east of Interstate 15. They had not caused any conflicts until this week when they killed one calf and injured another.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks and federal Wildlife Services set culvert traps and snares June 30, capturing the one bear.

Bears are now traveling the river corridors – Sun, Marias, Dearborn and Teton – east from the Rocky Mountain Front looking for natural foods. But the animals can also be attracted to unprotected opportunistic foods, like grain, livestock feed, beehives, livestock, garbage and pet food.

Folks who live and recreate on those river corridors should pickup food attractants and protect livestock.

Livestock producers may call the FWP office in Great Falls, 454-5840, their local game warden, or Mike Madel, 788-4755, FWP grizzly bear management specialist, for suggested ways to prevent conflict and to determine if FWP and its partners can assist in providing preventative measures for property and livestock.