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Briefs or July 27, 2016

Law center suspends services at North Lake County Library

POLSON — The Missoula Self-Help Law Center is temporarily suspending its travel services to Polson. Outreach will resume in the late fall. For now, civil legal questions should be directed to: missoulaselfhelp@gmail.com or to the Law Center at 406-258-3428. The Center’s office hours (subject to occasional change) at the Missoula County Courthouse are Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m.- noon and 1-4:30 p.m.  

Capture, death of grizzly result of conditioning

FERNDALE — An adult female grizzly bear and her two yearlings were captured last week near Ferndale by Fish, Wildlife and Parks Grizzly Bear Management Specialist Tim Manley. Over the past two years the grizzly bears were known to have killed chickens, ducks, and rabbits. They also got into bird feeders, cat food, chicken and rabbit feed, and horse grain. In the last two months they also fed on waffles that had been put out to feed deer. After that, the bears began climbing up on porches and looking into windows. They also opened shed doors to gain access to livestock feed and deer that had been harvested. The 226-pound, 7-year-old adult female had been previously captured and translocated from the Ferndale area in 2014 and 2015. Due to her level of food conditioning and habituation, the interagency decision was made to remove her from the population. The adult female was captured and put down on July 15 just north of Loon Lake. According to FWP Wildlife Manager Neil Anderson, the 104-pound yearling female and 123-pound yearling male were also captured and will be held temporarily at the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Wildlife Center in Helena while a search for a zoo is conducted.

Museum flea market seeks vendors

RONAN — Volunteers are doing their best to keep the Garden of the Rockies Museum up and running, but need more help. A fundraising Flea Market, Craft Fair and Yard Sale has been held twice this summer, and the next one scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Round Butte Gym across from the VFW.

Vendors are needed. The event is perfect for anyone with yard sale items to sell, or crafts, baked goods, candy, garden products, furniture and plants. Those who have a home-based business are also welcomed. The cost of renting a space supports the museum. Ten-foot spaces are available inside and out for $10. To reserve a space, call Patti Mocaee at 406-676-3261.

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