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Black bear captured in Big Sky after 6 vehicle break-ins

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BIG SKY - The communities of Big Sky and the Yellowstone Club have been dealing with an intruder lately.

A black bear who weighs around 250 pounds has been breaking into vehicles and houses according to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Department. 

It has broken into six vehicles most recently, and while the sheriff’s department at Big Sky is used to this kind of activity, they have never seen anything like this.

And they say there are some tips to keep those bears from breaking in.

"First and foremost, don’t store food in the car. Obviously, bears can still break into cars afterward, even if there is food in the car with it locked. Bears can still break the window,” said Edward Caball, deputy sheriff with Gallatin County Sheriff's Department in Big Sky.

“I would just advocate that people remove all foods, any sort of temptations from the vehicle. That way the bears have no reason to actually go into the car. This one for me, at least, has been the worst. I’ve been up here for at least 3 years, so it’s been, this is by far the worst," Caball said.

Fish, Wildlife & Parks was called out and the bear has been captured. The deputy went on to say, however, that if you do see a bear, do not approach it and call 911. 

The bear's fate has not yet been decided, but FWP will make that decision on Monday.

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