Captured Grizzly Bears Released in Spotted Bear River Drainage

By Beacon Staff

An adult grizzly bear and two yearlings captured by the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks have been released in northwestern Montana.

The agency says the bears captured east of Kalispell last week were released Monday in the Spotted Bear River drainage, about 50 air miles southeast of where they were picked up.

Officials say the bears had killed chickens at a residence, where an electric fence is being installed to prevent more bear problems.

The adult bear was 8 years old and weighed 230 pounds. The yearlings, a male and a female, weighed less than 150 pounds.