Young Black Bear Euthanized near Bigfork

By Beacon Staff

State wildlife biologists euthanized a black bear on July 3 after the animal became habituated to garbage and pet food near Bigfork, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced Tuesday.

FWP said the one-and-a-half year old bear was euthanized because of its close proximity to humans and its familiarity with area bird feeders, garbage cans and pet foods that were left available.

FWP officials are reminding residents that it is their responsibility to be bear aware and protect the wildlife in their back yard.

While living in bear country, residents need to lock up all garbage and pet foods, FWP stated. The first defense in reducing human-bear conflicts is to lock up all garbage, bird feeders, pet foods, and other items that smell of some kind of food.

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