Over the weekend, a black bear was spotted below the "M" Trail in Bozeman. The bear was seen along the side of Bridger Canyon Road picking up a deer carcass.  Then, the bear drags the deer across the road.

Watch the bear in the video below. Thanks to Mitch and Maria Billis from White Sulfur Springs who had a front-row seat and captured the video.

This may be the same black bear that some on social media commented on seeing on Saturday at the beginning of the Drinking Horse Trail.  As the winter season inches closer, bears become more active and begin to prepare for winter and hibernation. These bear sightings serve as an extra reminder to always give these wild animals proper space.

As bears prepare for winter they go through a process called hyperphagia, where they eat and drink nearly nonstop and are always on the hunt for food in order to prepare for the winter months.

Curious about bears? Here are some interesting bear facts according to Bear Wise:

  • A bear's vision is very similar to ours. They can see color. However, their night vision is very sharp and they can quickly detect movement.
  • The oldest wild black bear was recorded to be 39 years old. It's common for the average female black bears to live into their 20's.
  • Black bears stand 2 to 3 feet at shoulders and 4 to 7 feet long from nose to tail.
  • Bears are omnivores, which means they eat both meat and vegetables.
  • Grizzly bears can run up to 40 mph.


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