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From Bozeman’s ‘Cops and Bears’ department

Bear sightings are expected in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, but they often prompt worried calls to “the authorities” in larger communities around the parks. In Bozeman recently, that has meant a rash of calls to the local police department, as documented by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and compiled by local blogger Tim Iacono. Wildlife officials explain that as winter approaches, bears pack on the calories in preparation for hibernation, often making them more visible in areas they might otherwise avoid. Many of the Bozeman sightings have apparently involved black bears, described in police logs as “just chilling” or “hanging out.” Striking a cautionary tone, Iacono wrote on Oct. Continue Reading →

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