- Associated Press - Sunday, May 15, 2016

CONRAD, Mont. (AP) - Wildlife officials say a grizzly bear found refuge in a deserted homestead building in northern Montana after being chased by a pickup truck.

Mike Madel, a grizzly bear management specialist with Montana, Fish, Wildlife and Parks told the Great Falls Tribune (https://gftrib.com/1YtPMEK ) tracks showed the bear was being followed by a truck and dogs were on its tail. Officials found the 450-pound male bear Saturday inside an old granary building. They determined it was too dangerous to trap the bear, which eventually left under the cover of darkness.

Madel says the animal was intimidated and exhausted. He says it’s illegal to chase and harass grizzly bears because they are still listed as a threatened species.

Wildlife officials have been responding to many bear sighting on the plains near Conrad, as grizzlies emerge early from their dens due to the mild winter.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, https://www.greatfallstribune.com


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