Grizzly Released in the North Fork

By Beacon Staff

Wildlife officials relocated a young female grizzly bear near Whale Creek in the North Fork after the animal rummaged through food in an open vehicle, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

FWP Grizzly Bear Management Specialist Tim Manley captured the grizzly near Spotted Bear after it had gotten into food attractants. The bear was originally captured several years ago as a cub along with an adult female and a sibling near Coram after they were eating apples, according to FWP.

Manley released the grizzly Sept. 15 near Whale Creek in the North Fork of the Flathead Drainage.

FWP reminds residents to secure all attractants, including picking apples as soon as they are ripe. As fall progresses, bears are seeking high calorie foods in preparation for denning.

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