By Andi Bourne

Learning to keep bears wild


September 23, 2021

Kathy Koors

Wild bears avoid buildings and people. However when they become habituated, they are more willing to approach homes and buildings in search of food and pose a public safety risk.

"You rangers don't make bears stay away?" was one quote Swan Valley Bear Ranger Kathy Koors wrote down after a day driving backroads, checking campsites and talking to visitors and locals alike who did not have their garbage, or food secured. Another favorite, "I just assumed, because it's a campground, that it's fenced to keep wild animals away."

Koors, like many others who love the wildlife in the Swan, Clearwater and Blackfoot Valleys, is concerned about the safety of wildlife especially bears. With the huge influx of new residents and more visitors, learning how to live with wildlife, u...

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