Montana wildlife officials have removed traps set for two small grizzly bears that had accessed garbage at an unsecured county solid waste collection site in Paradise Valley north of Yellowstone, saying the bears have not been seen in the area recently. According to a report in the Missoulian Newspaper, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks had set the traps at Park County’s Chico Green Box refuse site near Emigrant last month after reports and videos surfaced of the two grizzlies feeding in open dumpsters.
The article says the bears had not gotten into any reported conflicts before accessing the dumpsite through an open gate, where screens on the dumpsters were also left open. Park County, Montana officials say the gate was not closed at night due to costs. After the incident, the county plans to run electric wire around the top of the fence and install an automatic gate to prevent bears or other wildlife from accessing the dumpsters.