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Posted: Monday, October 17, 2011 3:45 pm

Perched high up in a birch tree just off U.S. 93 on Monday, a mother black bear with four cubs became quite a distraction for passing motorists, causing a hazardous "bear jam" that required continuous attention from the Montana Highway Patrol.

After a daylong vigil in the tree, the quintet of bears finally climbed down after dark Monday night.

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          Welcome to the discussion.

          6 comments:

          • Mommy Dearest posted at 4:37 pm on Wed, Oct 19, 2011.

            Mommy Dearest Posts: 845

            Poor mama is right! She's going to loose the entire family to the (wink wink) FWP harvest eventually.
            Them cubs will remember the good old days of being that tree after they get gut shot and bleed out running away for the last time.

             
          • CHO2 posted at 11:53 am on Wed, Oct 19, 2011.

            CHO2 Posts: 6

            POOR Maama and babies. Mama was just trying to keep her little family safe. This late in the year, she is just looking for food for herself and her babies for the winter. If you are from Montana you should already know that this is the time of year that they are getting ready to hibernate for winter and ae finding their final meals to complete their fat stores. Plus on top of that THIS particular Mama has 4 babies that she needs to help feed also. Leave her alone and they will be fine. I have to COMMEND the wild life officers for just deciding to let them be. Alot of others would have tried to move them and then one MAY have been killed. THE BEARS, not the officers. As a tourist, that is part ofthe reason I COME to Montana now and then. To see one of their greatest wonders, the bears. Remember, you are on THEIR LAND, not them on yours. Treat them with respect and they will do the same foryou......

             
          • Been there done that posted at 7:35 am on Tue, Oct 18, 2011.

            Been there done that Posts: 101

            No bears early this morning.............glad they were able to get out of the tree without incident.

             
          • Pequot posted at 6:47 am on Tue, Oct 18, 2011.

            Pequot Posts: 525

            Good to know that the bear with "five cubs a few years ago" was "female".

             
          • Dave posted at 6:30 am on Tue, Oct 18, 2011.

            Dave Posts: 33

            My thoughts too MfgMan, I could sort of understand if it was late July and a bunch of tourists were doing this, but it's mid October so it's just Montanans around at this point. Those are people who should know better. Just leave the bear alone to do her thing.

            So did she make it down during the night?

             
          • MfgMan posted at 5:40 pm on Mon, Oct 17, 2011.

            MfgMan Posts: 345

            Come on people, leave her alone so she can feel comfortable enough to come out of the tree with her cubs and get back into the woods. She needs every calorie she can get to feed those little buggers over the winter.

             

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