Sunday, October 21, 2012

MFWP Bears

I recently have begun work with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks again. But instead of helping the fisheries crew, I'll be working with wildlife management specialist Bob Wiesner. On Saturday morning, Bob called me to see if I'd like to go on a bear call. A sow was killed the previous night, leaving two orphaned cubs. Our job was to get the dead sow out of the trap and then transport the cubs to Helena.

Not quite as friendly as they seem

Bob Wiesner estimating the age of the sow.

After separating the sow from the cubs, we transported the cubs part way to Helena. In Helena, the cubs will be taken care of probably until spring when they will be released. It was a great experience getting to be so close to the cubs and examining the dead sow. I'm looking forward to doing more work with Bob in the future.

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