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Bear goes for a swim in Flathead Lake (video)

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Posted at 7:54 AM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 09:55:06-04

MISSOULA — A black bear was spotted Monday swimming to Wild Horse Island in Flathead Lake.

Photographer Andy Austin told MTN News he was in a pontoon boat at around 11:30 a.m. giving a tour when he saw a black speck a few hundred yards out.

"I thought it was a duck at first until I noticed a wake behind it. So we got closer to get a look and it was exactly what I hoped it was - it is indeed a black bear," said Austin.

Austin, being a professional freelance photographer, was able to capture this clip of the bear swimming across the lake.

He said this summer, he has logged about 10,000 miles taking photographs across Montana.