Bear put down by game warden after entering Missoula houses

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A female black bear sleeps with its tongue out high up in a Ponderosa Pine tree near Clark Fork School in Missoula’s Rattlesnake neighborhood on Oct. 3, 2019.

TOMMY MARTINO, Missoulian David Erickson

A black bear that entered several homes in Missoula’s Rattlesnake neighborhood had to be killed by game wardens over the weekend.

Jaime Jonkel, a wildlife management specialist with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, said attempts to trap the bear and relocate it failed.

The bear was showing signs that it was becoming more dangerous, so officials were left with no other option.

“He’s been around a while but he’s never really gotten this bad before,” Jonkel said. “In years past he’s been more of a tree-rooster, a service berry-eater and once in a while he’d take advantage of some bozo’s bird feeder or kicked a (garbage) can or two.”

However, the bear’s behavior “escalated” about three weeks ago, Jonkel said.

“He shifted to daytime mode when people are more lax,” Jonkel said. “He started entering garages and walking alleys

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