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VIDEO: Black bear swimming in Flathead lake

Posted at 11:30 AM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 13:30:59-04

A black bear was spotted Monday morning swimming to Wild Horse Island on Flathead Lake.

Photographer Andy Austin told MTN News he was in a pontoon boat around 11:30 a.m. giving a tour when he saw a black speck a few hundred yards out.

"I thought it was a duck at first until I noticed a wake behind it. So we got closer to get a look and it was exactly what I hoped it was. It is indeed a black bear," said Austin.

Austin, being a professional freelance photographer, was able to capture this clip of the bear swimming across the lake.

He said this summer, he has been able to photograph around 10,000 miles of Montana.