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By Andi Bourne

FWP euthanizes two bears in the area in the past month


Jim Wolfe

The knife is pointing to two type five birdshot embedded in the black bear's face. Other pellets are visible under the skin.

SEELEY LAKE – In the past month, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks euthanized a black bear and grizzly bear in the Seeley Lake area. There is another collared young male grizzly, named Stevi, in the area that has been in trouble in the past. Bear managers ask the public to lock up all attractants to keep the bears out of trouble.

Koppen captured, tagged and relocated the black bear in the Mission Mountains last fall. He said when he released it last fall it was healthy. It returned to the area this spring.

Koppen said he started receiving reports of a tagged blind bear wandering through S...

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