Posted: Sep 26, 2013 5:31 PM by Judy Slate - KBZK News
Updated: Sep 26, 2013 5:32 PM
An update on a story we first told you about last night: Fish, Wildlife & Parks says it may have to take action after seeing our video of a black Bear at the M trail North of Bozeman.
The bear made an appearance in the parking lot of the "M" when a reporter was interviewing someone who had seen the bear earlier. The bear hung around for a couple of minutes then rambled back up into the hills.
FWP officials saw the video and say its a young bear, about a year and half old and probably recently left its mother.
Many hikers reported seeing the bear munching on berries along the trail. Experts say the best thing for hikers to do is avoid the bear. And, be sure not to feed the bear or leave food in your car.
For now, FWP officials are keeping an eye on the situation at the "M".
"If we did have this idea that it has the potential to either be aggressive or break into cars we may have to do some aversion training," said Andrea Jones, FWP. "Perhaps, more aggressively trap the bear and remove it. We don't want to have to do that. We'll just have to see what happens. Hopefully people will take it upon themselves to be responsible and acknowledge their responsibilities in nature."
The bear has been sighted at the "M" trail for about two weeks.