Grizzly bear chased into abandoned granary near Conrad
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks was alerted that this grizzly bear was holed up in a building near Conrad. (PHOTO CREDIT: Mike Madel-FWP)
The bear was found hiding in this building near Conrad (PHOTO CREDIT: Mike Madel-FWP)
GREAT FALLS -
Over the weekend, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks was alerted that a grizzly bear was holed up in a building near Conrad.
FWP wardens found the bear in an abandoned granary.
The grizzly bear was suspected to be a four to five-year old unmarked male.
Officials say he appeared to be tired and muddy.
Mike Madel, a grizzly bear management biologist for FWP investigated and says it was obvious the bear had been chased "pretty intensely" for a long distance by a pickup truck and two dogs.
FWP monitored the bear and when it got dark, the bear left on his own.
It is a federal offense to harass a grizzly bear.
"We really don't have bears go into buildings very often. It usually has to be a pretty extreme situation. There's virtually no cover for bears out there if they get caught out in the daytime. From everything I saw it looks like the bear was trying to seek cover from the harassment it was getting from the dogs," said Madel.
With the warmer spring, bears have been more active earlier.
There will be a meeting at the Valier Community Hall on May 24th at 7 p.m. to discuss grizzly bear management.