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Grizzlies spotted in Sweet Grass Hills

People urged to be 'Bear Aware'


August 11, 2016

AP Photo/Jim Urquhart, File

A grizzly bear roaming near Beaver Lake July 6, 2011, in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reports that after decades of absence in the Sweet Grass Hills north of Chester, grizzly bears, once native to the area, have again been seen in the hills. FWP is urging caution and precautions for recreationists and ag producers in the area.

After decades of absence, once-native grizzly bears have been spotted in the hills north of Chester.

State wildlife officials are asking residents and recreationists of the Sweet Grass Hills to be bear aware after the sighting of a couple of grizzly bears recently.

"We believe there are at least two bears in the Hills," said Mike Madel, bear management specialist with Fish, Wildlife and Parks, adding the bears were involved in the killing of several sheep.

The Sweet Grass Hills are on the Canadian border north of Chester. The bears were sighted between West Butte and Middle Butte, someti...

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