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Another Grizzly Moved to Cabinet Mountains

By Beacon Staff

Federal and state wildlife officials have moved a second grizzly bear from the Whitefish Mountain Range to help bolster the population of grizzly bears living in the Cabinet Mountains.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Wayne Kasworm of Libby says the four-year-old, 230-pound female bear was captured last Saturday about 25 miles north of Whitefish, fitted with a GPS collar and relocated in the south end of the Cabinet Mountain Range the next day.

On July 18, a male bear was captured in the Coal Creek drainage on the north end of the Whitefish Range and moved to the West Cabinet Mountains.

Since the program began in 2005, seven bears have been moved from the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem to the Cabinet Mountains. Five are believed to still be alive.

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