Can't Hunt Grizzly Bears, Relocate Them
Over the past two weeks 8 grizzlies have been relocated in Montana. All were relocated for various reasons, the most unlucky was a grizzly that got caught in a trap for a black bear. Other reasons were killing chickens, sheep, eating pig food, or fruit from people's yard.
The captured grizzly bears included a female with two cubs of the year, a female with a yearling, two subadult males, and an adult male.
The bears were taken to a more remote location. The adult and solitary bears were given collars, and some of the cubs or yearlings were given ear transmitters. October is actually the busiest month of human bear interactions, as the bears summer food is usually gone by this time and they still are fattening up before denning. Denning usually happens half way through November.
Montana FWP would like to remind residents to keep their bear attractants inside. For hunters it is better to hang your harvest in your garage, especially if you live by the woods. If you cannot use your garage hang it at least 10 feet off the ground. From Whitefish Pilot Online.