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Grizzly With Poor Etiquette Moved from Montana Golf Course

Whitetail Golf Course pro Jason Lehtola says bear snapped flag sticks and dug hole on green

STEVENSVILLE — A grizzly bear with poor golf etiquette, including breaking flag sticks and not replacing his divots, has been captured and relocated away from a western Montana golf course.

Whitetail Golf Course pro Jason Lehtola tells the Ravalli Republic that four flag sticks were snapped over a period of several days last week at the course along the Bitterroot River near Stevensville. On Wednesday there was a large hole in the manicured 7th green.

Lehtola called Fish, Wildlife and Parks and wardens set a trap Thursday near the 7th green. They expected to catch a black bear.

On Saturday, a 2 ½ -year-old, 250-pound (113 kilogram) male grizzly bear was in the trap.

The bear was relocated Sunday to the lower Blackfoot Valley, on the southern edge of the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem.

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