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3 grizzlies captured near Swan Lake

Posted at 7:51 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 09:44:34-04

Three grizzly bears were captured along the northwestern edge of Swan Lake and relocated to the North Fork of the Flathead drainage after getting into some food they weren't supposed to.

From mid-April to early May, FWP received reports of the bears in the areas of Swan Lake, Woods Bay, and Cedar Bay. The bears had been in residential yards and getting into unsecured garbage, bird feeders, and dog food.

All three bears were captured on May 7.

The two females were then released in the Whale Creek drainage while the male was let go near the British Columbia border.

Western Montana is home to black bears and grizzly bears that are active from springtime through late fall. To avoid bear conflicts, residents are asked to remove or secure attractants and urged to stay "bear aware."