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Orphaned bear cubs found, doing OK

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Two black bear cubs that were orphaned when their mother was hit and killed by a pickup truck have been found and are safe.

The sow died at the scene of the incident that happened on Highway 200 several miles east of Rogers Pass on Tuesday.

The driver of the truck was not injured, and there are no reports that the driver had been speeding or was impaired at the time.

The mother bear died at the scene, and her two cubs ran away.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks game wardens captured the two cubs on Wednesday.

“We located their den and found both cubs in it,” said Fish, Wildlife and Parks game warden Brady Murphy.

The cubs are just a couple of months old.

Murphy estimated that each cub weighed about five pounds. 

They have been taken to the FWP wildlife center in Helena to be cared for.

We will update you if we get more information.


A vehicle hit and killed a black bear on Montana Highway 200 near Rogers Pass on Tuesday afternoon.

The bear was killed near mile marker 93 just east of Rogers Pass. 

The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

Capt. Brent Colbert of the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff's Office confirmed the incident on Tuesday evening.

The black bear sow died at the scene. Her two cubs ran from the area.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks was informed and will remove the carcass, according to Colbert.

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