July 2017

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July 19, 2017

BLACK BEAR

Bitterroot: Black bears continue to get into garbage and bird feeders all throughout the Bitterroot. This is particularly true in areas with natural foods such as serviceberries.

Georgetown Lake: A female with two cubs and multiple lone black bears have been getting into garbage and bird feeders. FWP is actively attempting to trap the female. Bring in bird feeders and contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

Maxville: Black bears have been getting into garbage. A black bear was shot by a landowner after being observed breaking into a building.

Wallace Creek: Black bears have been seen near residences. Please contain all attractants.

Rock Creek: Black bears have been seen near residences. Please contain all attractants.

Seeley Lake: Black bears have been seen near residences. Please contain all attractants.

Coopers Lake: FWP set a trap for a black bear that was on porches getting into coolers and bird feeders.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Blackfoot Valley: Grizzly bears continue to be seen in and around agricultural fields.

Lindbergh Lake: A grizzly bear was seen in the Lindbergh Lake area feeding on huckleberries. Please contain all attractants.

MOUNTAIN LION

Rattlesnake: There continue to be reports of mountain lion activity in the Upper Rattlesnake.

Bear Creek – Potomac: There was a report of a mountain lion near a home.

Butler Creek: A mountain lion has killed goats in Grant Creek. Wildlife Services has a trap set to remove this lion. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks does not have jurisdiction over livestock depredations by mountain lions. FWP is a good contact if you are interested in tools and techniques that can prevent such conflicts.

Hamilton/Darby/Victor: There have been reports of mountain lions near residences.


July 13, 2017

Region-wide: Black bears have been seen region-wide feeding on serviceberry and huckleberry. There is a lot of serviceberry in and amongst the urban wildland interface and so it is common to see bears in these areas feeding on the ripe berries. Unfortunately, FWP continues to field numerous calls about bears pulling down bird feeders and getting into garbage. Please bring in bird feeders and store garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup.

BLACK BEAR

Lower Rattlesnake: A black bear has been getting into garbage in the Greenough Park area and residents have seen this bear in Greenough Park. FWP is monitoring.

Hayes Creek: A black bear has been on porches, getting into garbage, and pulling down bird feeders. Please bring in bird feeders.

Upper Grant Creek: There continues to be an issue with bears getting into garbage. FWP is monitoring this issue.

Coopers Lake (Upper Blackfoot): A black bear has been on porches. This bear has likely been getting into bird feeders. FWP is monitoring the situation but is asking residents to remove bird feeders.

Georgetown Lake, Phillipsburg: FWP wardens have received a lot of calls about black bears getting into garbage and bird feeders. Please bring in bird feeders and keep garbage contained in a bear-resistant manner until it is taken to the dump or is picked up.

Bitterroot: Uncontained garbage continues to be an issue across the Bitterroot.

Lower Clark Fork: Natural food sources like serviceberry are plentiful this year. FWP has received a few reports of bears in the area but conflicts have been low.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Lincoln: A grizzly bear was seen passing through the town of Lincoln. No conflicts reported.

Blackfoot: There have been a few reports of grizzly bears in and around crop fields.

MOUNTAIN LION

FWP is receiving numerous calls of mountain lion sightings in places of heavy irrigation where deer and elk are congregating.

North of Seeley Lake: A mountain lion was removed for depredating on livestock.

Corvallis: A mountain lion was removed for depredating on livestock.

Rattlesnake: There are reports of a mountain lion in the riparian area north of Pineview Park. FWP is monitoring.


July 6, 2017

Region-wide: Low elevation huckleberries and serviceberry are beginning to ripen. We have had many reports of hikers seeing black bears. This is common this time of year as bears begin to feed on natural berries. When recreating in bear country always carry bear spray and know how to use it. This is true even in commonly used hiking areas close to town. Missoula is surrounded by wild country which is home to a myriad of wildlife species. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner. FWP continues to field reports of bears pulling down bird feeders. Leaving bird feeders out for bears to access can essentially train bears to come close to homes and go on porches. Bring in all bird feeders including hummingbird feeders.

BLACK BEAR

Bitterroot: There have been numerous reports of black bears getting into garbage. Garbage is being left out all week and bears have learned to key into this as a food resource. This area continues as one of the largest source of chronic bear conflict issues in this region. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

Grant Creek: Black bears have been getting into garbage in Upper Grant Creek. Garbage is being left out all week. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pick up.

Hayes Creek: A bear entered a garage and got into a freezer. FWP is monitoring.

Mount Sentinel: We received a report of a hiker seeing a black bear near the top of Mount Sentinel.

Ninemile: There have been reports of black bears getting into garbage. Contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

O’Brien Creek: FWP wardens have set a trap for multiple bears that have killed chickens. Electric fencing is effective in keeping bears out of chicken coops.

Pattee Canyon: We have had reports of hikers seeing a black bear close to the trail. The Pattee Canyon bear aware group has been excellent in working together to prevent conflicts with black bears.

Rattlesnake: There have been reports of black bears getting into garbage. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup.

Seeley Lake: There continue to be reports of people seeing bears near home sites. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner and bring in bird feeders.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Blackfoot Valley: FWP caught a young male grizzly bear that had killed chickens. This bear was relocated. Residents have seen grizzly bears feeding on road kill in the area. FWP continues to trap grizzly bears in the area for research purposes.

MOUNTAIN LION

There continues to be reports of mountain lions near home sites across Region 2. They are hunting the deer that are down for food resources. No conflicts have been reported.