It was the last known sighting of a grizzlies in the region.
But this summer, a bear was spotted just south of Chugach Mountain Range in southern Montana.
Wildlife biologists believe the animal was on the way back from a migration to the mountain range.
“It’s kind of the first time a grizzley has been seen south of here in over 50 years,” said Jim Lander, the wildlife director for the Montana Department of Wildlife and Parks.
Lander says the bear could be a grizzlier, a species that is not well-known outside the state.
“It’s one of those grizzly that we don’t know much about,” he said.
“We do know that they live in the mountains in Montana, but we don, we don see them much.
It could be the same bear that has been spotted before.”
Lander said a white male bear with a grizzled coat was spotted at around 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday in the foothills of the Chugas, an area between the Chugs and the Chippewa Rivers in eastern Montana.
He was about a half mile away from where the last sighting was.
The area was being used for trapping.
Loner said he was not sure if the bear had seen a grizzling or a bear that was unfamiliar.
He said he did not have any information about whether the bear was the same one that has recently been spotted on the Chukkas.
He also did not know if the last time a white bear was seen in the Chuvash Mountains was during the late 1990s or early 2000s.
Lager said it was unclear if the animal had been injured or injured in a fight.
“If you see a bear, please call 911,” he advised.
“If you do, do not approach it or touch it.”