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Bear Sighting Near Blue Creek

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A bear is still on the prowl around the Blue Creek area.

After a bear sighting last week, Tuesday morning the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Department and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks got called to the Blue Creek School for that same bear. The bear, a two-year-old black bear, is still roaming. Around 5 AM officials were at the Blue Creek School after a bear was spotted eating his breakfast in the school dumpster. According to Superintendent of Blue Creek School Kathi Rude, the bear left, then returned.

"Later in the morning about nine o' clock he decided to come back and was kind of sitting approximately where you can see the walkway maybe about 50 feet from the front door," says Rude.

The bear then moved out towards a residential area, where Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Game

Warden Kevin Holland set up a trap to try to lure the bear in with bacon and sardines.

"The plan is to dart the bear, put it in the trap, take it down to Pryor Mountains and turn it loose," says Holland.

If the bear comes down again after it's relocated, the bear is in trouble.

"We'll try to move him but if he comes back again he will be euthanized," says Holland.

Holland says residents can help to prevent our furry friends from coming into the community.

"Make sure you put your garbage away, put your bird seed away, put your dog food away, don't feed your dogs outside at night, barbeque grills put them inside your garage," says Holland.

Holland recommends Blue Creek School to look into replacing their current dumpsters with a bear proof container because "a fed bear is a dead bear," and they don't want him fed.

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