Posted: Oct 9, 2013 10:05 PM by Judy Slate - KBZK News
Updated: Oct 9, 2013 10:06 PM
BOZEMAN - A Black bear who wandered into town on Wednesday, will soon be on its way back to the wild.
The bear found on the 700 block of Rouse Avenue, may be the same bear that's been frequenting the "M".
For weeks now, people have reported seeing a bear on the "M" trail north of Bozeman. On Wednesday, a bear was caught in Bozeman, and officials say it's very likely that this is the "M" bear.
Joe Knarr with MT FWP said, "They come into town basically for the apple trees, fruit and berries..."
The small black bear found in the city was possibly a yearling and was seen up in an apple tree looking a little confused by all the attention.
"This is not uncommon this time of year. The bears are just looking for as much food as they can find," Knarr said.
Several people reported seeing the bear along Rouse on Wednesday afternoon and by the our team got to the scene, the bear was already up in the tree.
The bear was darted twice as members of the Bozeman PD and Bozeman Fire waited at the bottom of the tree for the bear to let go so they could catch it.
FWP officials estimated it was only about 80 pounds and said, "Given the basic size, the vicinity of it wouldn't be out of place for the bear to be this far from the "M'."
The bear will be given a medical examination to make sure it's healthy, after which it will be released into the wild far away from town for a happy ending to its adventure.
Knarr said, "It's a very happy ending, gonna be out of town find a new place to live."
FWP does however, remind people to stay away from bears if and when you see one in town, at the ‘M' or on any other trail. People are advised to slowly walk the other way without approaching the animal.