Posted: Jun 15, 2012 4:48 PM by Katie Stukey - MTN
Updated: Jun 15, 2012 5:26 PM
A 390-pound grizzly bear captured west of Great Falls near Simms on Wednesday night has been collared, tagged and relocated to the north fork of the Flathead River, near the Canadian border.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Bear Management Specialist Mike Madel said the young male and his sibling are responsible for the deaths of three goats earlier this week.
The bear's sibling was not captured and will remain on the east side of the divide, because bears tend to get in more trouble when they're together, Madel said.
"So the remaining sibling at this point will likely be more timid and be less willing to come into people's homes. That's my experience with sub-adult bears when you split the group up," Madel said.
Madel said 390 pounds is very large for a 2-to 3-year-old bear.