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Black bear euthanized at Hungry Horse Reservoir

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Posted at 5:20 PM, Jul 09, 2024

KALISPELL — State wildlife officials report a black bear was recently trapped and euthanized after incidents at a pair of campgrounds in Flathead County.

According to a news release, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) was notified of a black bear getting into “unsecured food attractants” at the Emery Bay Campground and Goose Head dispersed camping site at the north end of the Hungry Horse Reservoir.

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 FWP reports a camper was cited for disobeying the Flathead National Forest food storage order.

Traps were set on July 4 and the camping sites were closed. FWP captured the male bear on July 8 and euthanized it due to food conditioning, the release states. The camping sites have since been reopened.

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FWP notes Montana is bear country and campers should “Be Bear Aware” and secure food attractants.

  • Keep food and anything with a scent out of tents.
  • Dispose of garbage in bear resistant bins; otherwise, take it with you and dispose of it properly elsewhere.
  • Do not bury or burn garbage.
  • Follow local land management agency food storage orders [] and properly store unattended food and anything else with a scent.

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FWP advises that bear conflicts should be reported immediately to wildlife officials.

In Northwest Montana, contact:

  • North portion of Flathead County and Eureka area - Justine Vallieres, 406-250-1265
  • South portion of Flathead County - Erik Wenum, 406-250-0062
  • Cabinet-Yaak ecosystem and Sanders County – Garrett Tovey, 406-291-1320
  • Flathead Indian Reservation - Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Wildlife Management Program, 406-275-2774