Posted: Jun 1, 2013 8:41 AM by MTN News
A black bear captured on a ranch near Brockway in McCone County over the Memorial Day weekend has been moved by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wardens to a new home in the Little Belt Mountains.
FWP Region 6 Warden Todd Tryan of Glasgow received a report from McCone County Undersheriff Lonny Jensen on May 24 that a bear had been spotted in the Brockway Cemetery.
Tryan headed to the area and found the bear in a scrap woodpile more than three miles north of Montana Highway 200.
Landowners Paul and Chase Gebhardt helped Tryan keep the bear confined to the woodpile until FWP Warden Shawn Briggs of Lewistown arrived with a culvert trap and a dart gun to tranquilize the bear.
The wardens darted the male bear, which was released on May 25th on public land in the Russian Flat area of the Little Belt Mountains southwest of Utica.
Acting FWP Region 6 Supervisor Steve Dalbey said the bear was relocated from the Brockway area as a preventative measure: "Lambs and calves were in the vicinity, and it was only a matter of time before the bear found trouble."
Tryan said that he appreciated the Gebhardts and Jensen staying around for hours to help contain the bear and prepare it for transport.