July 2016

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UPDATES
July 29, 2016

BLACK BEAR

Grant Creek: There has been a lot of black bear activity in the Upper Grant Creek area as well as reports of garbage being left out. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Upper Blackfoot: Grizzly bears have been seen in agricultural fields such as alfalfa, barley, peas and oats. Please avoid planting such crops adjacent to your home if you live in this area.

MOUNTAIN LION

Region-wide: Residents have reported mountain lion sightings where there is more deer and elk activity such as near green lawns and water. Please do not feed deer and elk. Feeding and putting out salt brings in deer and elk, but can also draw in animals like mountain lions who are following the deer and elk.

Lincoln:  A mountain lion was hit by a car and killed on the highway.

Rock Creek: A mountain lion was seen near a home.

Hamilton: A mountain lion was reported in a backyard and may have killed chickens. FWP is monitoring the situation. Electric fence can be effective for protecting chickens from wildlife.


July 27, 2016

Region-wide: Bear and mountain lion activity is being reported throughout the region. Bears are often seen feeding on natural berries like serviceberry and chokecherry. Please contain all attractants.

BLACK BEAR

Grant Creek: There are multiple black bears active in Upper Grant Creek feeding on serviceberry and chokecherry. One of these bears has been seen in yards. FWP is monitoring the situation. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Upper Blackfoot: Grizzly bears have been seen feeding on serviceberries and chokecherries in close proximity to homes. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner and bring in bird feeders.


July 21, 2016

GRIZZLY BEAR

Blackfoot Valley: There has been an increase in grizzly bear activity in or around agricultural fields in the valley. Bears did feed on a livestock carcass that was near a home. Livestock carcasses left too close to home-sites prior to removal can lure in bears. If possible, relocate carcasses away from home-sites.

BLACK BEAR

Seeley Lake: Double Arrow: There are multiple black bears and at least one grizzly bear in the area feeding on plentiful serviceberry. Please contain all attractants and bring in bird feeders.


July 20, 2016

Region-wide: The chokecherry crop is bountiful and bears are taking advantage of this excellent natural food resource. As bears move around the valleys feeding on berries they also have to cross roads. Watch out for wildlife as you drive around Montana. The number of road-killed bears often goes up this time of year.

BLACK BEAR

Pattee Canyon: A brown female black bear with two cubs and a light colored young black bear have been in the Pattee Canyon area. Please contain all attractants.

Clearwater Junction – Blackfoot: A small black bear was hit and killed on the highway.

Seeley Lake: A female black bear with a cub was seen near homes in the Double Arrow area. Contain all garbage in a bear resistant manner and bring in bird feeders.

Georgetown Lake: Black bears continue to find unsecured garbage and other food items. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner, do not leave coolers out and accessible to bears, clean grills after use and bring in bird feeders. The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest does have a Food Storage Order which requires food be stored in a bear-resistant manner.


July 14, 2016

Region-wide: Serviceberry, huckleberry and hawthorn are all ripe or soon to be ripe. We are getting frequent reports of people seeing bears near these food resources. In addition, domestic apples are starting to ripen. Please pick fruit as soon as possible. There are resources in Missoula that will assist with fruit picking. Missoula Bears also offers a group Facebook Page “Missoula Valley Fruit Exchange” as a place where people who have too much fruit can connect with those that want fruit.

BLACK BEAR

Georgetown Lake: Black bears continue to get into garbage. Contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until you can take it to the dump or until the morning of pickup.

Rattlesnake: Bear activity is high near the main trail in the Rattlesnake. Bears are feeding on serviceberry and hawthorn. Be bear aware when recreating in the Rattlesnake. When camping contain all food in a bear-resistant manner and always carry bear spray.

Evaro: Residents have seen a bear near homes close to Evaro hill. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner and bring in bird feeders.

Lincoln: A bear of unknown species got into a turkey pen. Electric fencing can be an effective way to deter wildlife from getting into turkeys, chickens and other attractants.

MOUNTAIN LION

Bitterroot, Lower and Upper Clark Fork:  There have been multiple reports of mountain lions killing chickens. Chickens are an irresistible lure for many predators including mountain lions and bears. Electric fencing can be an effective way to deter wildlife from getting into your chickens.


July 7, 2016

Region-wide: Serviceberry and low elevation huckleberry is ripe and bears are keying into these important natural food resources. Chokecherry and hawthorn will be ripening soon. In addition, domestic fruit like pie cherries, yellow transparent apples and apricots are ripe. Please pick domestic fruit as soon as possible. Bears will key into this as a food resource even if it is close to homes.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Clearwater Junction: On multiple occasions a small grizzly bear has been seen eating serviceberries and grazing on grass near homes near Clearwater Junction/Ninemile Prairie. Bring in bird feeders and contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Seeley Lake: A grizzly bear was seen near the Seeley Lake airport. No further reports of the female with three cubs that had gotten into garbage. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner including garbage. Please bring in bird feeders.

Ovando: A grizzly bear was feeding on a cow carcass. The cow died from natural circumstances.

BLACK BEAR

Deer Lodge: A bear of unknown species killed sheep in the area. Wildlife Services is investigating.

Lower Miller Creek/South Hills: A black bear has been seen eating ripe cherries in the area. Please pick domestic fruit and contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Pattee Canyon: A bear has been seen eating ripe cherries. Please pick domestic fruit and contain all attractants in a bear resistant manner.

Double Arrow: A female black bear with cubs has been seen on porches looking for bird feeders. Please bring in all bird feeders.

Georgetown Lake: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks continues to field reports of black bears getting into garbage. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

Rattlesnake: The serviceberry is ripe and plentiful in the Rattlesnake and bears are being seen regularly from the main Rattlesnake trail. This includes a female black bear with two cubs as well as a lone black bear. It is not uncommon to have multiple bears feeding on serviceberry near the Rattlesnake trails. Take steps to avoid a bear/wildlife encounter. Dogs can antagonize bears and other wildlife resulting in a conflict and can also bring this wildlife back towards you. Headphones are not recommended since they can limit your ability to hear wildlife near you. Pay close attention to your surroundings, make noise and if possible travel in groups. Always carry bear spray and know how to use it.

MOUNTAIN LION

Rattlesnake: A jogger encountered two young mountain lions in Spring Gulch. No conflict was reported. The Rattlesnake is a wild place, regardless of its proximity to Missoula. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has some good information about recreating in lion country. Report mountain lion sightings to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Superior/Tarkio: A resident saw a mountain lion. The lion had killed a deer in the area.