Grizzly Relocated For Killing What?

Written by Outdoor Beasts Staff on June 15, 2016


Who knew grizzlies even went after…

Wait a minute…

Where’d they even find these things?

A young grizzly bear has been relocated from Montana’s Rocky Montana Front to the Flathead National Forest after killing two alpacas on a ranch 30 miles west of Great Falls, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The grizzly bear killed the alpacas and fed on them Saturday at a ranch a mile north of the community of Simms on the north side of the Sun River, said Mike Madel, a FWP grizzly bear management specialist.

The ranch is owned by Ann Bellwood.

Wildlife Services with the U.S. Department of Agriculture set foot snares, and a 21/2-year-old male weighing 270 pounds was captured Sunday and then fitted with ear tags and a radio collar.

The bear then was transported to the Puzzle Creek area in the Flathead National Forest, which is west of the Continental Divide and 82 airline miles from where it was captured.

At the time, a llama was in the pen with the alpacas but went unharmed after jumping the fence. Alpacas, which have long woolly hair, are related to llamas.

Grizzly Relocated For Killing What?

Grizzly bear observations and conflicts on the Rocky Mountain Front and prairie agricultural lands east of the mountains have been numerous this spring.

“We’ve just been scrambling to keep up with the number of observations and calls coming in,” Madel said.

One reason is environmental, Madel said. Bears emerged from dens early because of a warm winter.

Also, the grizzly bear population in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem is increasing and expanding, he said. Bears along the Rocky Mountain Front are part of that larger ecosystem, which has about 1,000 bears.

Most of the bears that are being seen east of the mountains are young males, Madel said.

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