Seeley Swan Pathfinder -

By Andi Bourne

A fed bear is a dead bear - Residents asked to clean up


September 13, 2018

Bill Koppen

A black bear sow with two cubs. She was caught in a live trap Tuesday morning after getting into horse feed on Double Arrow Road. She was released but Game Warden Bill Koppen tells people to pick up, or there is no chance for the bears.

Bear activity continues in Seeley Lake and Swan Valley. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Game Warden Bill Koppen asks residents to "start using their head" and put all attractants away for the next two months. There are at least eight black bears roaming Seeley Lake, the young collared female grizzly bear was relocated and another grizzly was euthanized south of Condon this September.

The bears have moved down into the valley floors in search of food before denning season. Koppen said all attractants must be secured. This includes garbage, livestock feed, bird feeders, dog and cat food, c...

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