A black bear that ripped into an occupied tent and tent-trailer at a campground south of Red Lodge a week ago was captured on Tuesday and euthanized.
The incidents occurred at the Sheridan Campground early on the morning of July 13. No one was injured.
The incidents were reported on July 15, prompting the Forest Service to close the campground to accommodate a bear trap. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists caught a black bear on July 16 that fit the description of the problem bear.
Because the bear was habituated to people and likely to return to the campground, it was euthanized. The campground has since reopened to hard-sided campers only.
FWP wildlife biologist Shawn Stewart said he had heard reports of a black bear rummaging around cabins south of Red Lodge this summer. Bears can become habituated to humans if they find food around cabins, campgrounds or vehicles.
Black bears and grizzly bears live throughout south-central Montana. If they encounter unsecured garbage, dog food, bird feeders, barbecue grills or other food sources, the bears will return and could become habituated to people. If bears lose their fear of people it is almost always fatal for the bear.
FWP is advising cabin owners to bear-proof their property. Campers should adhere to backcountry bear-safety protocols.