By Andi Bourne

Repeat offenders pay the price


September 15, 2022

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While ultimately the wildlife pays the price for human carelessness with attractants, "Operation Oso" will allow law enforcement to issue a larger citation for each offense and on the third offense ask the court for restitution of $1,000 for a black bear or $3,000 for a grizzly bear.

SEELEY LAKE – Around Father's Day, Federal Officer Tyler Robinson responded to a call north of Seeley Lake. A homeowner left more than six bags of trash out on their porch and a black bear found them. Robinson tried to run the bear off that night and it continued to return. While he had permission from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to dispatch the bear, it was too dark.

The next day Robinson cited the homeowner for $230. He also asked them to call when the bear returned. Even though he is certain the bear returned, Robinson was never called.

The bear continued to cause problems nort...

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