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Black bear confirmed on Gas Hills Road; experts say it probably will leave

Jun 5, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

A specialist in large carnivores from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department visited Riverton over the weekend to investigate a black bear sighting on Gas Hills Road.

Riverton game warden Brad Gibb said the animal didn't cause any problems in the area and likely has moved on since it was spotted at about 6 a.m. Sunday. Specialist Brian DeBolt responded to the report and told Gibb the animal was a "smaller-type bear."

"What (it's) doing is following the river," Gibb said this week. "It's usually (a) younger bear. They're kind of finding their own territory. ... I'd expect he'll just move on up the river."

He agreed that bears are more likely to be found in the forest, but Gibb said people report bear sightings in the Riverton area every other year or so.

He added that black bear hunting season closed Friday above Lander, and he checked the last of those animals Monday.

"That was a big one," Gibb said of the final black bear killed this spring.

He said hunters seemed to be successful this season, reaching the bear quota "pretty quick" after Memorial Day weekend.

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