April 2021

Montana map with region 2

UPDATES: April 29, 2021

Region-wide: All bears will likely be out of their dens in the next week or two. If you are living, working, or recreating in bear country carry bear spray and know how to use it. Please bring in bird feeders and contain all attractants. Do not put garbage out until the morning of pickup. Some natural foods bears are feeding on in the spring include nettle, fireweed, and cow parsnip in the lower elevations and glacier lilies and spring beauty in the foothills.

BLACK BEAR

University of Montana: A black bear has been seen in the area. Please bring in bird feeders and do not put garbage out until the morning of pickup.

South Hills: There have been several reports of a black bear in the area.

Rattlesnake: There are multiple black bears active in the area including at least one family group. At least one of these bears is regularly getting into garbage.  Do not put garbage out until the morning of pickup. Bring in bird feeders.

East Missoula: There have been several reports of black bears active in the area.

Bonner/Milltown: There are at least three black bears getting into bird feeders in the area. Please bring in all bird feeders.

Grant Creek: There are at least 4 different bears that have been seen in the area. One bear was seen on a porch but did not get a food reward and moved on.

Big Flat: FWP has received reports of black bear activity.

Lolo: There are at least two black bears active in the area. Do not put garbage out until the morning of pickup and bring in bird feeders.

Seeley Lake: A black bear female with 2 yearlings has been seen in the Double Arrow area. A single black bear has been seen at the north end of Seeley residential area. Please bring in bird feeders and contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Drummond: FWP continues to monitor a grizzly bear that was in the area but has since moved on.

Blackfoot Valley and Avon area: FWP continues to receive reports of grizzly bear tracks and sightings in these areas.

Seeley Area and Lincoln Areas: There have been reports of grizzly bear tracks in these areas.

MOUNTAIN LION

Region 2: FWP continues to receive reports of lion activity in lower elevations due to green up and deer and elk moving into these areas.

Rattlesnake: FWP continues to monitor mountain lion activity in the area.


April 20, 2021

Region-wide: Bears are active across the region. Carry bear spray and know how to use it. Secure all attractants. Bring in bird feeders.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Avon: A grizzly bear killed a yearling cow and accessed dog food. The dog food was secured after this incident. Wildlife Services and FWP set traps but the bear moved on.

Drummond: A grizzly bear got into two chicken coops. FWP is monitoring and has plans to set traps if the bear comes back.

Seeley Lake: FWP has received reports of grizzly tracks in the area. It is time to bring in bird feeders and contain all attractants.

BLACK BEAR

West Riverside/Milltown: A couple black bears were reported eating birdseed. Please bring in bird feeders.

Rattlesnake: A black bear was seen in a tree. It is time to secure all attractants and bring in bird feeders.

Grant Creek: Several bears have been seen feeding on natural foods along the creek. Please secure attractants and bring in bird feeders.

MOUNTAIN LION

Region-wide: FWP has had reports of mountain lions seen in and around pastures where there is deer activity.

Pattee Canyon: There was a report of a mountain lion in the area.

Upper Rattlesnake: There was a report of a mountain lion in the residential area

Bitterroot: FWP is monitoring mountain lion activity in the Stevensville area.