August 2019

UPDATES
August 23, 2019

Region-wide: Bears are filling their bellies with berries this time of year. As berries wane and bears move into hyperphagia, a period of intense feeding before winter, people should expect to see bears feeding on domestic fruit where available. Conflicts typically increase this time of year and heading into fall. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner. Please pick domestic fruit and do not let it gather on the ground. September also brings upland game bird hunting season and archery seasons. Western Montana is bear country. Hunters – please know your bears and carry and know how to use bear spray.

Black bear feeding on berries at the Bison Range. Photo credit Mike Thompson.

BLACK BEAR

Potomac: A black bear was removed after killing sheep. Livestock can be effectively secured with bear-resistant electric fencing.

Georgetown Lake/Anaconda: There have been multiple bears getting into garbage and other attractants. FWP has trapped and relocated one bear. Please contain attractants in a bear-resistant manner and bring in bird feeders.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Clearwater and Blackfoot drainages: Ranchers and recreationists has reported multiple grizzly bear sightings and grizzly bear activity. Know how to use and carry bear spray.

Little Blackfoot region: Over the last few years, FWP has received reports of grizzly bear activity in the little Blackfoot river region. Please contain attractants. Know your bears and know how to use and carry bear spray.

MOUNTAIN LION

Clearwater Junction:  A mountain lion that was hanging out close to a residence was killed. There have also been several reports of lions in an around tent camps. FWP is monitoring.

Butler Creek: A mountain lion was seen near homes in the area.

Grant Creek: FWP is monitoring reports of an alpaca possibly killed by a mountain lion.


August 14, 2019

Region-wide: FWP is fielding a lot of reports region-wide from people seeing bears in serviceberry, huckleberry, and bunchberry dogwood. Chokecherries are starting to ripen in the lower elevation areas as well. In addition, apples are starting ripening across the region. Bears will key into these domestic fruits. If you need help picking fruit the Great Bear Foundation has a gleaning program. There are also other options available including our Facebook group Missoula Valley Fruit Exchange where you can post if you would like fruit or if you need to get rid of fruit. Please pick all fruit as soon as it ripens and do not let it fall and gather on the ground.

BLACK BEAR

Evaro Hill: Law enforcement is investigating the death of a black bear in the Evaro Hill area. It appears that the bear was shot and dumped.

Upper Lolo Creek: There has been a lot of black bear activity at several hotels, restaurants, and campgrounds in the Upper Lolo Creek area. FWP is working with the establishments to get garbage contained.

MOUNTAIN LION

Region-wide: FWP has received reports of mountain lion activity throughout Region 2.

Miller Creek: A mountain lion was reported in lower Miller Creek along the river.

Clearwater Junction: Several mountain lions have been reported near home sites, private tent camps, and cabin sites around Clearwater Junction. FWP is monitoring the situation. Please remember that salting for wildlife is illegal. Feeding wildlife also lures in predators.


August 2, 2019

BLACK BEAR

Potomac – A black bear reportedly got into a septic tank. While not very common, FWP has fielded similar reports in the past. There have also been continued reports of bears getting into garbage and other attractants. Please contain attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Rattlesnake – A larger brown phase black bear has been reported in multiple locations in the Rattlesnake and has reportedly gotten into garbage and pulled down bird feeders. There are also multiple reports of other black bears in the neighborhood and urban/wildland interface. Do not put garbage out before the morning of pick up and bring in bird feeders. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Grant Creek – FWP continues to field reports of black bears in upper Grant Creek. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner and keep garage doors closed even when you are home.

South Hills – FWP has received reports of black bears moving through the riparian areas and draws in the South Hills. Do not put garbage out before the morning of pick up and bring in bird feeders.

Miller Creek – FWP has received reports of several black bears in the Miller Creek area.

Bitterroot – FWP continues to receive multiple reports of black bears getting into uncontained garbage and pulling down bird feeders across the Bitterroot valley. Please contain attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Georgetown Lake – FWP has received reports of a bear near homes. Please contain attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Helmville – FWP continues to get reports of grizzly bears feeding on serviceberry and in agricultural fields. Please contain attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Seeley Lake – A grizzly bear was seen in a backyard and a possible grizzly bear got into garbage in the area. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.