August 2015

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UPDATES

August 28, 2015

BLACK BEAR

Lincoln: There have been four incidents of black bears in garbage in the last 24 hours around the town. Black bears and grizzly bears have been seen near town feeding on chokecherry and hawthorn. For those with garbage service you can contact the garbage dump about bear resistant options or store your garbage in a secure building. Electric fence is also an effective tool for securing attractants from bears.

Seeley Lake: Bear activity has picked up considerably in the town of Seeley and mutiple bears are getting into uncontained garbage.  FWP stresses the need for everyone to contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner. Tickets will be written to people who leave garbage out and available to bears under Montana Code 87-6-216. Please store all garbage in a bear-resistant manner an bring bird feeders in.

Bearmouth: A black bear has started to get on porches looking for garbage and birdfeeders. FWP is monitoring. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Rattlesnake: There are multiple bears in the Rattlesnake at this time. Reports are coming in frequently of bears moving through neighborhoods and feeding on natural berries like hawthorn and chokecherry and in domestic fruit trees. One local resident observed 7 different black bears feeding on hawthorn and chokecherry in one morning. Unfortunately, bears are finding uncontained garbage. The Rattlesnake is in the bear buffer zone. Tickets will be issued to residents who leave garbage out and accessible to bears per the Missoula Ordinance. One black bear has been breaking into and entering into garages for garbage. FWP is monitoring this individual. Please close garages even if you are home.

South Hills: Reports continue to come in about bears in apple trees and getting into garbage in the South Hills including near upper portions of Gharrett and near the Highlands golf course. Contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner. Much of this area is in the Bear Buffer Zone and leaving garbage out and accessible to bears can result in a ticket.

Mullan Road Area/Kings Ranch golf course: Bears have been seen eating grass and hawthorn near the golf course. Please contain attractants.

Lolo Creek: There have been several black bears seen feeding on berries including at least 5 bears in Mill Creek area. Bears have now found uncontained garbage. Please store garbage in a bear-resistant manner. A black bear was hit by a car and killed on HWY 12 near the Lolo Creek campground.

Bitterroot: There have been lots of reports of bears in apples and garbage that is left out all week from all over the Bitterroot. Store garbage in a bear resistant manner especially if you are on the west side of the valley.

 


 

August 27, 2015

Regionwide: There are areas where residents are working as a community to minimize bear conflicts in their neighborhoods. Some of these areas have bear-resistant container check out programs and some just have phone/email trees that assist with getting information to their neighbors. FWP has noticed a decrease in bear conflicts in areas where these efforts are present. If you are interested in this idea or feel like your neighborhood would be assisted by a similar effort contact us. Bear conflicts are not just a single home issue. It is a community issue and often preventable. By helping each other other we can make our community safer for both people and bears.

BLACK BEAR

Blackfoot: A black bear was killed on the highway near the HWY 83 and 200 junction in the Blackfoot.

Seeley Lake-Woodworth Area: A black bear has been seen near homes feeding on berries. Please contain all attractants.

Potomac: A black bear killed chickens. The homeowner is working to secure the chickens.

Clinton/Turah: There have been multiple bears seen in apple trees.

Bearmouth: There have been bears seen in apple trees and also in a dumpster. FWP is working with the residents to find a bear-resistant solution to the garbage situation.

Big Flat: Bears have been seen in apple trees.

Blue Mountain: There have been reports of hikers seeing bears in the Blue Mountain recreation areas. Bears have also been seen in apple trees near the recreation area.

Alberton: Bears have been seen in apple trees.

Snowbowl Area: Multiple mountain bikers have reported seeing bears. Mountain bikers traveling at higher speeds should especially keep in mind that bears are being seen frequently on trails.

Grant Creek: Multiple bears have been seen feeding on apples.

Rattlesnake: Reports have been piling in from the Rattlesnake from residents seeing bears throughout the neighborhoods. This includes all portions of the Rattlesnake. There are multiple lone bears and 2-3 females with cubs. Bears have come down into the valley for the ripe domestic fruit but have found garbage. Close garage doors even when you are home. Contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup and bring in bird feeders.

Pattee Canyon: Black bears have been seen moving through residential areas.

South Hills: There are multiple bears that have been seen in apple trees but now have started to get into unsecured garbage. This includes the area near Upper Gharrett, Highlands Golf Club, Upper Whitaker,  and Mansion Heights. Much of this area is within Missoula’s Bear Buffer Zone and garbage must be stored in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup. If garbage is left out and accessed by bears the homeowner can receive a ticket. At this time multiple garbage containers are being left out all week and the bears are finding them. Please contain all attractants.

MOUNTAIN LION

Rattlesnake: FWP removed a lion after it attempted to prey on a dog earlier in the week and then continued to stay around homes.


August 25, 2015

REGION-WIDE: Domestic fruit season is in full swing and there are multiple reports of black bears in apples, plums and pears across the region. Unfortunately, bears eating domestic fruit near homes can lead to bears getting into garbage and bird feeders if those attractants are available. It is important that you contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner and bring in bird feeders. In the Missoula area alone FWP estimates there are 20-25 different bears eating domestic fruit. If you have a fruit tree, it is likely a bear will find it. Please pick fruit as soon as possible. Electric fence is also a useful tool to protect you fruit trees. If you need assistance with your fruit trees here are some resources available.

Hunting season is around the corner. Be “bear aware” when hunting in Montana. Carry and know how to use bear spray. Pay attention to your surroundings. Here is more information about hunting in grizzly country.

BLACK BEAR

Seeley Lake: A bear (unknown species) was seen on the canoe trail. A black bear attempted to get into garbage near the high school. FWP is monitoring.

Lincoln: One or two black bears have been getting into uncontained garbage. One of the bears entered a screen door to grab garbage inside. FWP has a trap set for this bear.

Ovando: There are multiple bears in apple trees.

Rattlesnake: A black bear opened a garage door and got into garbage and then went to the neighbors and entered another garage. There have now been three reports of bears in garbage in the Rattlesnake. FWP is monitoring. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner. It is against the law to leave garbage out and accessible by bears in Missoula’s Bear Buffer Zone. FWP estimates there are around 8-10 different black bears now feeding on domestic fruit across the Rattlesnake neighborhoods. Numerous hikers and mountain bikers are seeing black bears daily in the Rattlesnake Recreation Area. The black bears are near the trail feeding on plentiful hawthorn and “wild” apples in the area. If you are recreating in the Rattlesnake please pay attention to your surroundings and carry and know how to use bear spray. Mountain bikers traveling at higher speeds should especially keep in mind that bears are being seen frequently on trails. A reminder to recreationists: Dogs must be leashed for the first 1.7 miles in the Rattlesnake drainage and the first 1.3 miles up the Spring Gulch drainage. Dogs are prohibited from December 1st through the end of February in the Rattlesnake drainage, through May 15th in Spring Gulch, and yearlong in Sawmill and Curry gulches.

Grant Creek: Bears have been seen feeding on apples.

Big Flat: There is a young bear eating apples in Big Flat. There are several individual bears in apples on the edges of Big Flat.

Hayes Creek and Blue Mountain: There have been several reports of bears in domestic fruit trees.

West Riverside: There is a female black bear with two cubs eating apples in the area. Please contain all attractants.

Clinton: There are multiple reports of bears feeding on domestic fruit. Please contain all attractants.

Rock Creek: There are reports of bears feeding on domestic fruit. Please contain all attractants.

Johnsrud: A black bear got into chicken feed and was seen near chickens. Chickens and their feed are irresistible to bears. Chickens and chicken feed should be contained behind a bear-resistant electric fence.

Rock Creek: Bears are feeding on domestic fruit in the area. Please contain all attractants.

Bitterroot: There have been a lot of reports of bears feeding on domestic fruit.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Blackfoot and Clearwater Valleys: Grizzly bears have been seen feeding on alfalfa and in remote orchards.

MOUNTAIN LION

Lower Rattlesnake: Residents have seen a mountain lion wandering through the area. FWP is monitoring.

Stevensville: A mountain lion was seen near a home.

Grant Creek: Homeowners woke up to their dog barking inside their home and looked through their screen door to see a mountain lion 4-5 feet away. The mountain lion ran off.


UPDATES
August 20, 2015

BLACK BEAR

Grant Creek: A female black bear with two cubs has been seen in the area. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the day of pickup and bring in bird feeders.

Skalkaho: A black bear has been seen eating apples. Please contain all attractants.

Miller Creek: A black bear was seen eating apples. Please contain all attractants.

Butler Creek: A black bear killed a llama. FWP is investigating this incident and is attempting to capture this bear.

MOUNTAIN LION

Superior: A mountain lion killed a goat. FWP is investigating.


UPDATES
August 19, 2015

MOUNTAIN LION

Corvallis: A mountain lion killed a sheep. Wildlife Services is investigating the incident.

BLACK BEAR

St. Regis: There have been multiple reports of black bears in apple trees. Please contain all attractants and pick fruit as it ripens.

Blue Mountain – Maclay Flat Nature Trail: A female black bear with a cub has been seen feeding on berries near this trail. In addition, a moose has been seen in the area. Please do not approach wildlife and carry bear spray when recreating in bear country.

West Riverside – East Missoula: A female black bear with three cubs has been seen eating apples. Please contain all attractants. This includes storing garbage in a bear-resistant manner and bringing in bird feeders.

Gold Creek: FWP is currently investigating reports of bears getting into uncontained garbage at camps in the Gold Creek area.


UPDATES
August 18, 2015

Region-wide: Apple season is on and bears are coming into the valleys for this food source. Calls from residents seeing bears have gone up quickly. Please contain all attractants including garbage, bird feeders, etc. Another black bear was hit and killed on a back road between Drummond and Helmville. This bear was most likely crossing the road while feeding on chokecherries. Please watch for wildlife near roads.

BLACK BEAR

Rattlesnake: A black bear was seen near residences in the Upper Rattlesnake neighborhoods. A brown phase black bear was seen in Greenough Park. Multiple residents have been seeing a female with cubs and multiple lone bears in the Spring Gulch area. These bears are eating the numerous apples, hawthorn and chokecherry that are available. Please be aware of your surroundings and carry bear spray while out recreating.

Alberton & Frenchtown: There have been numerous reports of bears eating apples. Please contain all attractants.

Gold Creek: A black bear got into a bee yard. FWP is monitoring this situation.


UPDATES
August 17, 2015

MOUNTAIN LION

Missoula: A mountain lion approached a dog in a backyard near the Mount Jumbo saddle. FWP is monitoring this situation.

BLACK BEAR

Alberton: FWP captured a black bear in the Alberton area. This area has had a history of conflicts with black bears getting into garbage. The local community is currently working with FWP and the local waste hauler to address bears getting into garbage.

Rattlesnake: There have been multiple reports of black bears in the Rattlesnake feeding on domestic fruit. There are at least two (possibly three) different bears that have been seen. If you need assistance with your fruit trees here are some resources available.

East of Ovando: A black bear was hit and killed by a vehicle on 200 east of Ovando.


UPDATES
August 14, 2015

Region-wide: Apple season is upon us. Bears are showing up in apple trees across the region. Please pick fruit as it ripens and do not let it collect in piles under the tree. If you need assistance with your fruit trees here are some resources available.

MOUNTAIN LION
Lincoln: A mountain lion was seen on the edges of town.

Upper Grant Creek: There was a young sub-adult mountain lion seen near residences.

MOOSE

Bear Creek near Victor: There have been reports of a moose hanging out near houses. Please do not approach moose.

BLACK BEAR
Alberton: Black bear activity continues in the Alberton area. Local residents and business owners are working on ways to address this long term. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner (inside a building or home) until the day of pick up if possible or in a bear-resistant container.

Orchard Homes: A black bear has been seen in fruit trees and eating natural berries in the river corridor (Kelly Island area). Please bring in bird-feeders and secure garbage in a bear-resistant manner. Pick fruit as it ripens.

W. Hamilton: Multiple black bears have been getting into garbage and birdfeeders in the area. Please contain garbage in a bear resistant manner.

Pinesdale-Sheafman Creek: There have been multiple reports of black bears in garbage.

Rattlesnake: There have been more reports of the large brown phase black bear in apple trees in the Rattlesnake. FWP is monitoring this bear’s activity. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner and bring in birdfeeders.

South of Clearwater Junction: There have been several black bears in apple trees at various residences.

Cable Mountain Campground Georgetown Lake: A black bear has been seen in the campground looking for uncontained food. Please do not leave coolers, food and garbage out where bears can access them if you are not going to be in attendance or when going to sleep.

Blackfoot Valley and Missoula Areas: Several black bears have been killed on the highways in recent weeks. This is most likely due to bears moving around the valleys and river corridors for berries.

GRIZZLY BEAR
Blackfoot and Clearwater: There continue to be reports of grizzly bear activity in the area.


UPDATES
August 11, 2015

Region-wide: Apple season appears to be a little early this year. We typically get an increase in bear sightings and conflicts during this time. Please contain attractants. Pick fruit as it ripens and do not let it collect in piles under the tree. If you need assistance with your fruit trees here are some resources available.

BLACK BEAR
Rattlesnake: Residents have seen a very large brown-phase male black bear in the upper Rattlesnake. Please contain attractants. In the Recreation Area hikers and bikers have been seeing black bears frequently. Bear are taking advantage of the ripening hawthorn. Please be aware of your surroundings, carry and know how to use bear spray.

Alberton: Multiple black bears have been getting into garbage at a local business. FWP is in the process of trapping and the business owners are now working on a permanent solution to prevent future conflicts.

Clearwater Junction: There have been reports of black bears in apple trees. FWP is monitoring the activity.

Hamilton: There have been reports of black bears in apple trees.

Pinedale (N. of Hamilton): There have been multiple reports of black bears getting into garbage. The community is in the process of working with the local sanitation company.

GRIZZLY BEAR
Blackfoot Valley: Grizzly bears have been seen feeding on hawthorn. FWP has recently observed grizzly bear scats that were full of corn. It is illegal to feed wildlife. FWP is investigating.

MOUNTAIN LION
Rattlesnake: There have been reports of people seeing mountain lions in the Rattlesnake Recreation Area. No conflicts have been reported.


UPDATES
August 5, 2015

BLACK BEAR

Black bear conflicts have been low throughout the region. Chokecherry, hawthorn and higher elevation huckleberries still look good. Bears also feed on the plentiful wasp nests this time of year.

GRIZZLY BEAR

East of Avon: Wildlife Services capture a female grizzly bear that killed a sheep. FWP relocated this bear.

MOUNTAIN LION

There have been numerous mountain lion sighting reports. As lands dry out throughout the region the deer move into the valleys, near watered lawns where green grass can still be found. Mountain lions follow their prey source leading to an increase in sightings nears home-sites and developed areas this time of year.

Butler Creek: FWP removed a juvenile mountain lion after it was seen repeatedly on porches looking through windows. This juvenile was seen with a female and another juvenile. FWP will continue to monitor this family group’s activities.

Snowbowl Road:  A mountain lion was seen crossing the road.

Rattlesnake Recreation Area: There have been multiple reports of recreationists observing mountain lions in the area as they hike and/or bike.

Avon: A mountain lion was hit and killed on the highway.

Lolo: A mountain lion was hit and killed on the highway.