By Colleen Kesterson

Three Grizzlies Killed on Swan Highway


Robin Kesterson

This 450 pound adult male grizzly was struck and killed by a logging truck at mile marker 50 on Swan Highway 83, Tuesday night, Oct. 27. According to Montana Fish, Wildfire & Parks bear biologist Tim Manley, the grizzly was moved to Spotted Bear drainage because he was getting into pig feed. He wasn't involved in any more conflicts until he was hit in the Swan.

SWAN VALLEY - Three grizzly bears were killed on Highway 83 in the Swan Valley since September. The bears found along the highway were, according to Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Region I Grizzly Bear Management Specialist and Biologist Tim Manley, was attracted to the highway area by roadkill deer. There is a lack of huckleberries and serviceberries in the forest which is an important food source for bears to eat to prepare for hibernation.

In mid to late September, a three to four-year-old subadult female grizzly was found dead along Highway 83 north of the Swan Ecosystem Center near the...

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