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By Andi Bourne

Seeley Lake needs to clean up attractants

A fed bear is a dead bear


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Bags of empty cat food cans and other garbage that a bear pulled out of a dumpster that was not bear proof.

SEELEY LAKE – "We are considered one of the worst bear problems in the region," said Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Game Warden Bill Koppen. "There is just no reason for it."

After a black bear and a grizzly bear had to be euthanized in the Seeley Lake and Woodworth areas in the past two weeks, Koppen is asking the community to clean up, secure all attractants and help keep the bears out of trouble.

"When the bears are good, people love them," said Koppen. "When they get into trouble then they become [FWP's] problem."

Koppen has been the game warden for the area for 25 years. The bea...

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