The same way tree destroying Fox Squirrels got here & sunfish get into quality trout lakes - people who thought they were "cute" at their former homes or want them around for personal reasons, aka "Bucket Biologists." In WA state, invasive species are identified and NOT protected.I wonder how they got there?
Wow good for you, hunting isn't all about the killing. Spring bear hunting around here can be fickle. On a good snow year it is easier to follow the snow line and see bears. This year bears came out real early and dispersed everywhere and were harder to find. If you come back to Montana I would suggest going further north around Troy in the middle of May and you should see way more bears.Huh, CA quail were my guess. They must not be too tough to get established? not like bobs anyway?
Invasive or not, that one is tough when most of their gamebirds were imported, (phez, chukars, huns). I wouldn't mind tearing into them though, a lot of bird diversity around there.
And no, 2point, no bear for me. I had one run up a tree in front of me on day one and huff and snap jaws at me, but I didn't come all that way to blast one out of a tree with a 300 mag. Of course, then that was the only opportunity we got. I think we were just too early (?), game warden reported he didn't really start getting calls to check bears until a few days after leaving.