Grizzly bear protections

This Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 file photo, provided by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, shows employees Wesley Sarmento and Sarah Zielke with a tranquilized 900-pound male grizzly bear in Valier, Mont., before relocating it. Conflicts between bears and humans have increased as the animals expand their territory, but tribal representatives want hunting banned permanently.

VALIER, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials tranquilized and relocated a 900-pound grizzly bear that wandered onto the Birch Creek Hutterite Colony south of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks reports colony members had tried to haze the bear away from the residential area between Heart Butte and Valier on Wednesday, but the bruin sought shelter in a garage and wouldn’t leave.

Colony residents called FWP for help.

The male bear hadn’t otherwise caused any problems so it was tranquilized and released in an area west of East Glacier.

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