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MAY 2012

BEAR UPDATE
May 31, 2012
Areawide: Feeding bears is against the law!

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wardens are actively issuing citations to people who "provide supplemental feed attractants to game animals by: purposely or knowingly attracting any cloven-hoofed ungulates, bears, or mountain lions with supplemental feed attractants" under Montana Code 87-6-216. Missoula also has ordinances pertaining to feeding: Missoula feeding ordinance 3330 and Missoula garbage ordinance 3419.

Ovando/Helmville: The last remaining accessible carcass pit in the Blackfoot Valley is currently attracting some attention from bears in the area. Montana FWP is working with the landowner to address this concern.

Rattlesnake: A black bear attempted to break into cars at the Rattlesnake Trailhead Saturday, May 26th. This bear is also suspected of a car break-in near the Woods Gulch area earlier this spring. Montana FWP is actively monitoring this situation. Please close car windows and lock car doors if you park at either of these trailheads. If you see bear activity at the trailheads please call Montana FWP at 542-5500.

Residents in the Rattlesnake have been seeing multiple different black bears in garbage and birdfeeders. Please contain your attractants!!!

Deadman Gulch: A large black bear has been accessing garbage in the Deadman Gulch region.

East Missoula: A black bear has been seen getting into garbage and birdfeeders in East Missoula. Please contain these attractants. Leaving attractants out leads to human and wildlife safety issues. You can report attractant issues here.  

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LION UPDATE
May 31, 2012
Big Flat:
A lion killed a deer fawn close to residences in the Big Flat area. FWP is aware of this and addressing concerns.

Pattee Canyon: There have been multiple sightings of a mountain lion in lower Pattee Canyon.

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BEAR UPDATE
May 24, 2012
West Riverside:
FWP reports that the cinnamon-phase black bear that was getting into multiple attractants in West Riverside was harvested. There are a lot of birdfeeders and garbage containers available to bears in this area leaving bears vulnerable and creating a human safety risk. It is time to contain all attractants! A fed bear is a dead bear!  

The spring black bear hunt runs from April 15th-June 15th with some locations closing between May 15th and June 15th. See Montana Fish, Wildlife & Park's website for more information regarding the spring black bear hunting season. 

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BEAR UPDATE
May 22, 2012
Rattlesnake
: Residents are still not containing their garbage in the Rattlesnake. A large black bear was on Harrison Street last night and had to be aversively conditioned. FWP is beginning trapping efforts in the Rattlesnake area.

East Missoula:
Greenland Trailer Court – Congratulations! The Greenland Trailer Court successfully contained their garbage in a bear resistant cage. A bear tried repeatedly to access the garbage over the weekend and was unsuccessful.
East Missoula – A black bear killed chickens and rabbits and FWP is monitoring the situation.

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LION UPDATE
May 22, 2012
Hule Creek:
A large mountain lion has been seen near a residence and FWP is monitoring the situation.

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BEAR UPDATE
May 16, 2012
Rattlesnake:
A black bear has been working the lower Rattlesnake for the last two nights and is finding plenty of uncontained garbage. The upper Rattlesnake is reporting bear activity as well. Please secure all attractants! It is against Montana State law to feed bears. For information about living with bears click here.

Bonner/West Riverside: A medium size black bear has been pulling bird feeders down in Bonner and West Riverside. Please secure all attractants such as birdfeeders, chickens, garbage and pet food. If you have any questions contact us.

Lincoln, MT: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks received their first call about a bear in Lincoln. The bear was on a porch for bird feeders and tested a screen door. The Lincoln Warden set a trap.

Frenchtown: A female black bear was found dead in the Frenchtown area and her two orphaned cubs were sent to the rehab center in Helena.

Lower Clark Fork: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is starting to receive bear calls from this area.

Bitterroot Valley: There are several bears accessing uncontained garbage in the Bitterroot Valley. Secure your attractants!

Blackfoot/Potomac: The Blackfoot Clearwater Wildlife Management Area opened at noon on May 15th. Well over 800 people converged onto the WMA in search of antlers. Several people had close encounters with black bears and grizzlies but there were no injuries.  

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BEAR UPDATE
May 14, 2012
Seeley Lake:
A black bear entered a house north of Seeley Lake. The doors to the house were open and the house was unoccupied. The bear accessed food and was shooed out the door with a broom. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reminds everyone to keep doors and windows shut when not home.

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BEAR UPDATE
May 13, 2012
Seeley Lake:
A small grizzly bear with two ear tags and a collar has been seen in the Seeley Lake area over the weekend. Please contain all attractants and report sightings to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Pattee Canyon: A black bear was seen at the Pattee Canyon trailhead. Please close car windows at the trailhead and if you live in the area secure all attractants.

Rattlesnake area:
Woods Gulch Trailhead - A black bear broke into a car at Woods Gulch Trailhead on Saturday. This bear was able to get access to some food. FWP is monitoring the situation.
Harrison Street - A very large brown-phase black bear is breaking into garbage cans and accessing an assortment of attractants in the Harrison St. area. Close your garages and secure all garbage. It is against the law to have your garbage accessible to bears in the Rattlesnake until the morning of pickup. Things are not looking good for this bear. A fed bear is a dead bear.

Antler hunters - Region Wide:
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park's Blackfoot-Clearwater and Sun River WMAs open at noon on May 15th. There is verified grizzly activity in these WMAs. Carry bear spray, stay alert to your surroundings and report grizzly activity to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.  

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LION UPDATE
May 10, 2012
Potomac:
A dog was killed by a mountain lion near Potomac. FWP responded and was unable to pick up the track at that time. FWP is still actively monitoring the situation.

Deadman's Gulch: A mountain lion has been seen around residences.

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BEAR UPDATE
May 10, 2012
St. Ignatius:
A large male grizzly was killed outside St. Ignatius on Highway 93.

Seeley Lake - Ranger Station: A sub-adult grizzly bear was seen near the ranger station. This grizzly has two ear tags and a collar. If you see this bear please inform FWP at 542-5500. Please secure all attractants! That includes all chickens and small livestock. Chickens are a major attractant to bears. Electric fence works well to deter bears from your chicken coop. You can find out more about electric fencing here.

Ninemile: Grizzly bear activity was recently verified in the headwaters of the Ninemile.

East Missoula: Black bears are getting into garbage in East Missoula.

Rattlesnake - Harrison Street: There is an adult male black bear accessing garbage in the Rattlesnake.

Big Flat: A black bear got into dumpster at Upland Trail. FWP is working to find a solution to garbage storage at this location.

Lumberjack Saloon (Lolo): Bears are accessing garbage at the Lumberjack Saloon. FWP is working with the owners to get bear-resistant dumpsters at the business.

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BEAR UPDATE
May 3, 2012
Rattlesnake:

Brookside Area - A brown phase black bear was seen getting into garbage in the Brookside area. We have several reports of bears in garbage in the Rattlesnake. This is now the time to secure attractants! It is against the law to have garbage accessible to bears in the Rattlesnake.
September Street- A brown phase black bear slid open a garage to access garbage. It is now time to secure all garage doors!

Seeley Lake: Bear activity is definitely picking up in Seeley. Please secure all attractants. A bear has been accessing garbage in Seeley Lake and another bear was seen in a tree in Seeley Lake.

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LION UPDATE
May 3, 2012
Lolo/Missoula
: Deadman Gulch - A lion was seen in the Deadman Gulch residential area.

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Black bear picture on previous page: Courtesy of K. Quinn Ellis