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Grizzly relocated after killing chickens near Ovando

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Grizzly bear (file photo by Teresa Muhic) Grizzly bear (file photo by Teresa Muhic)
MISSOULA -

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife officials captured a young male grizzly bear last week that was chasing and killing free-ranging chickens in Kleinschmidt Flats, east of Ovando.

The bear did not have a prior history of interactions with livestock or humans and was collared and relocated to a remote area in the southern Mission Mountains, according to FWP.

Wildlife officials are now working to help the landowner evaluate how an electric fence could help to keep bears away from the chickens.

FWP bear management specialist, James Jonkel, says that electric fences can be very effective in deterring bears from chickens and other small livestock, garbage, beehives, fruit trees and other sources of enticing odors. 

Find out more at fwp.mt.gov or call (406) 542-5500.

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