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FWP warning: Grizzly bears on prairie east of Rocky Mountain Front

FWP warning: Grizzly bears on prairie east of Rocky Mountain Front

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Big Grizzly Killed
FILE - This May 24, 2007 photo made available by Mike Madel shows Madel with the second-largest grizzly bear ever recorded after it was captured in the 10,000-square-mile Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, in the Teton River drainage on the Rocky Mountain Front, near Choteau, in Montana. State wildlife officials are investigating the death of one of Montana's biggest grizzly bears, a male that stood more than 7 1/2 feet tall, on Aug. 20. Photo courtesy of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

GREAT FALLS — Wildlife officials are warning residents that grizzly bears are on the prairie east of the Rocky Mountain Front and precautions should be taken.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks workers tell the Great Falls Tribune that the agency has received reports of grizzlies east of Valier, on the Sun River between Fort Shaw and the town of Sun River, and along the Marias River above Tiber Reservoir.

Officials say some of the bears were alone while others were females with cubs.

Bear experts say residents should take down winter bird feeders, campers should store food out of the reach of bears, pet food shouldn't be left out, and hikers in bear country should carry bear spray.

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