HELENA — Authorities tranquilized and captured a black bear in a Helena mobile home park on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.
It happened at around 9 a.m. in the McHugh Mobile Home Park on the city’s north side. Helena Animal Control responded to the area, where the bear was found in a tree.
Officials tranquilized the bear in the tree for the safety of the surrounding area.
Game Warden Justin Hawkaluk told MTN they intended to capture the bear and relocate it. However, the bear did not survive due to the impact of the fall.
The 340-pound male was taken to the Montana Fish, Wildlife, Parks facility on Custer Avenue.
This was the second bear in the Helena valley that Hawkaluk responded to on Tuesday. At around 3:00 a.m., he responded to a black bear call in East Helena near East Clark Street. A male black bear was found on the roof of a home in the area. Wardens were able to tranquilize the animal and relocate it.
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This is the second bear in recent weeks to be captured in Helena city limits; a male black bear was relocated after being captured near the Prospect Avenue and I-15 interchange on September 11.
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