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Young Grizzly captured
in town last week

May 25, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

Tim Love, Seeley Lake Ranger, top right, visits with Game Warden Bill Koppen at Koppen's home with the sedated bear laid out for inspection. A culvert bear trap is in the background and was used to haul the bear to Koppen's home.


Jamie Jonkel appears to be testing the pulse of the sedated young grizzly. All kinds of tests were run on the bear.


The grizzly bear captured up by the S.O.S. Health Center a weel ago Tuesday had been in town for three days and is no stranger to Game Warden Bill Koppen who has darted this bear four times in the last two years.

The femal weighed around 180 lbs and is 2 1/2 years old and is in "excellent shape," Koppen said.

It has now been relocated to the South Fork of the Flathead, a long ways away.

Koppen said the bear cub has probably been booted out by mama bear, who has been sighted in the Cottonwood Lakes area.

The grizzlies are here, as well as black bears, so keep the garbage inside, Koppen urged.

FW&P three-man grizzly bear team: from left Seeley Lake Game Warden Bill Koppen, Jamie Jonkel, and Bob Weisner.

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