BOZEMAN (AP) — Where's the bear?
That's what Gardiner High School students were asking themselves when they got to school early last week.
The large bruin statue that normally guards the school's front entrance was gone.
But a series of messages — using low-tech duct tape and higher-tech text messages — alerted the students to just where it might be.
Yup, those pranksters over at Shields Valley High School to the north had absconded with the bear.
It finally turned up in the rival school's weight room.
Law enforcement folks say they really are following up leads, in this case of the out-of-here ursus. That's because the statue was a memorial to a family that died in a car accident.
In the meantime, Gardiner High's bruin is getting a fresh coat of paint before it goes back up on its pedestal.