Posted: Oct 3, 2012 12:54 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center
Updated: Oct 3, 2012 12:55 PM
KALISPELL- State wildlife officials say that two more food-conditioned black bears were captured and euthanized near Heron over the past week.
Montana FWP made the move "in response to what appears to be an illegal bear feeding issue," according to a news release. The two bears brings the total to seven in the trapping operation, which has now ended.
FWP officials say that based on reports and observations, a local resident allegedly fed bears, creating a public safety hazard in a residential area. FWP set traps for the bears, and the food sources which attracted the bears were removed.
FWP Warden Captain Lee Anderson notes that Montana Law prohibits feeding of bears and other wildlife. He added that FWP will continue to monitor the area, and that they are working with the Sanders County Attorney to see if charges will be filed in the case.