By Andi Bourne

Don't Make a Fed Bear a Dead Bear


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

FWP Game Warden Bill Koppen puts an evidence tag on the cinnamon-colored black bear hide that was confiscated from landowners on Double Arrow. While they shot the bear on their property and tagged it, it had been getting into their garbage and dog food for more than a week. It was leaving the property when they shot it. Koppen estimated the bear was three to four years old.

SEELEY LAKE - On April 27 Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Game Warden Bill Koppen was called to a residence on the Double Arrow Ranch. A bear had been shot after getting into garbage and dog food on the porch of the residence. While the family had a license and tagged the bear, they were still cited, given a $135 fine and the hide and meat were confiscated. Koppen reminds everyone that feeding wildlife is illegal and will cause problems, not only for the wildlife but puts pets and people at risk.

The family had called Koppen after they shot the bear. The bear had been frequenting the...

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