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Blue Creek area residents again spotted a small black bear Friday morning, the second sighting in two days.

Harold Guse, a game warden captain with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, said he didn’t know if the bear was the same one seen Thursday morning, but he again urged residents to put away attractants, like garbage and birdseed.

Friday’s bear, spotted at about 6 a.m. about a half-mile south of Blue Creek Elementary, was getting into and eating garbage, said Guse, who saw the bear.

“It kind of sums up the problem,” he said.

Guse encouraged residents not to roll out their garbage containers the night before an afternoon pickup the next day.

Blue Creek has a population of bears, which are attracted to grazing on the lush grasses in the creek bottoms this time of year, Guse said. Bears are omnivores.

FWP does not plan to trap the bear, Guse said.

“Moving this bear moves this bear, but it doesn’t get rid of the problem. That’s the message we’re struggling to get out,” he said.

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