Grizzly Bear news
by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
November 4, 2008
Grizzly caught near Martin City and moved to Glacier Park
A 5-6 year-old female grizzly was captured near Martin City November 2 and released in Glacier National Park the same day. The bear had been eating apples close to residences in Martin City. The bear was released in the upper McDonald Creek Drainage below the loop in the Packer’s Roost area of Glacier National Park. The bear was fitted with a radio collar and her movements will be monitored. FWP Grizzly Bear Management Specialist Tim Manley worked in cooperation with Glacier Park bear managers during the operation. Manley reminds all residents that apples are strong attractors for grizzly bears this time of year. He urges everyone to pick up all apples and to secure things such as dog food and garbage to avoid attracting wildlife.
Man cited for shooting Grizzly Bear near Noxon
On Monday, October 20, Randall Sharp of Noxon called the Sanders County Sheriff Dispatch to report that he shot and killed a bear behind his house and asked that Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks contact him. Warden Sergeant Jon Obst was notified by Sanders County Dispatch. Obst went to Sharp’s residence that day. Sharp showed Obst the bear, and told him that he shot the bear when it returned to get into his trash. When Sharp saw that the bear wore a collar and appeared to be a grizzly, he had called the sheriff’s dispatch. Obst identified the bear as a grizzly and removed the bear that night from the residence. After an investigation, Sharp was cited on October 28 for a single misdemeanor charge in Sanders County Justice Court. The charge was for hunting during a closed season and for shooting a grizzly bear when no hunting season is in place. The citation notes that, if found guilty, Sharp would be subject to pay restitution for the grizzly bear.