He was covered with burrs, and still looking for grub.
The newspaper published an article indicating that one of our neighbors shot this bear at 1 a.m. The wounded bear climbed a tree on their property and then a warden from the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks department arrived at 3 am. The warden shot the bear out of the tree and killed it.
I feel very sad about this. The neighbor who shot the bear felt it was a nuisance because it had gotten into their garbage. I don't really understand why they wouldn't just put the garbage inside so the bear would not be tempted!
I was afraid something like this would happen, but I was hoping the bear visiting our place was an isolated incident. We did not see the bear again after the apples were all gone from our tree.
I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to observe this animal twice from the safety of our home. The newspaper article stated this male bear weighed between 180 and 200 lbs.