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Sick caribou wanders into Montana

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A radio-collared woodland caribou that wandered into northwestern Montana from British Columbia has been returned to Canada after some medical treatment.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists received a report Thursday that the radio collar from a caribou was emitting a “mortality signal” from the mountains south of Eureka. The female caribou was one of 19 from northern British Columbia that were released last month near Cranbrook, about 40 miles north of the U.S. border.

FWP spokesman John Fraley says biologists who traveled to the area by snowmobile found the caribou alive, but unable to stand.

A veterinarian in Eureka treated the caribou with a drug to counter the effects of tick paralysis.

The animal was returned to British Columbia. If it fully recovers, it will be returned to the wild.



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