July 2020

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UPDATES: July 31, 2020

GRIZZLY BEAR

Seeley Lake – This year is a really good huckleberry and serviceberry year for this area. There are at least two grizzly bear family groups and reports of possibly two sub-adult grizzly bears that are traveling together. These bears are taking advantage of the bountiful natural food resources in the area. There was also reports of a grizzly bear getting into garbage. FWP is monitoring this situation. It is really important that the community contain all attractants as bears are using the area frequently. FWP is encouraging people that already have bear-resistant dumpsters and garbage containers to make sure they are properly closed every day. When recreating in the area please carry bear spray and know how to use it.

Helmville/Ovando/Lincoln – Multiple grizzly bears have been seen in agricultural fields (alfalfa, hay barley, oats) as well as feeding on the serviceberry, huckleberry and chokecherry in the area.

BLACK BEAR

Seeley Lake – FWP continues to field reports of black bears in and around town getting into garbage. Contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

Georgetown Lake – Black bears continue to get into garbage that is out all week. FWP is still attempting to trap one bear that got into cabins. It is important that the community work to contain attractants like garbage in a bear-resistant manner until it can be taken to the dump or until the day it is picked up.

Rattlesnake and Grant Creek – FWP continues to field reports of black bear activity in the area. Please contain attractants.

Ninemile – FWP continues to field reports of black bear activity in the area. Please contain attractants.

St. Regis and Superior – FWP continues to field reports of black bear activity in the area. Please contain attractants.

Victor area – FWP has received reports of a black bear pulling down a bird feeder and getting into garbage. Please bring in bird feeders and secure garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

MOUNTAIN LION

Frenchtown area – A mountain lion killed a dog. FWP did respond with intent to remove the lion but the mountain lion had left the area.


July 24, 2020

BLACK BEAR

Anaconda: FWP has had multiple reports of black bears active in the area.

Bitterroot: Black bears continue getting into uncontained garbage and pulling down bird feeders. Black bears have moved into side drainages for serviceberry. There have been two bears killed on the highway. FWP continues to field reports of black bears in the West Fork area. Bring in all bird feeders and secure garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup.

Evaro Hill: Black bears continue to find uncontained garbage and bird feeders.

Georgetown: There is a lot of black bear activity in the area. Garbage is not being contained in a bear-resistant manner and black bear conflicts have escalated as a result. Black bears have been getting into garbage, birdseed, chickens and chicken feed. A blond black bear has been entering cabins. FWP is attempting to capture and remove this bear. It is important that residents and those visiting the area secure all attractants in a bear-resistant manner. Do not leave coolers and garbage out and available to bears while camping. Keep garbage stored in a bear-resistant manner until pickup or until you are able to take the garbage to the dump.

Grant Creek: A black bear entered garages to get garbage. Please close garage doors.  

Lolo: Multiple black bears have gotten into garbage around Lolo Creek. Black bears are in the area this time of year for the serviceberry and gooseberry but have unfortunately found garbage and bird feeders. Travelers Rest has posted signs due to bear activity near the serviceberry crop. FWP is working with the Lolo Community Council and Sleeman Gulch homeowners association on bear conflicts issues around sanitation. Black bears are also active in the river bottoms and along Ridgeway Drive.

Ninemile: A black bear got into garbage. FWP is monitoring activity in this area. Please secure attractants.

Rattlesnake: There are several black bears active in the Greenough park area feeding on serviceberries. It is really important that residents contain all attractants. Do not have bird feeders out. One large, brown black bear has been seen along the trails in Greenough feeding on berries. It is recommended that when recreating in the park systems in the Rattlesnake to carry and know how to use bear spray and keep dogs leashed.

Rock Creek: FWP is monitoring reports of a black bear that got into garbage.

Seeley Lake: Multiple black bears are still getting into garbage in town and pulling down bird feeders. Take bird feeders down and contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup.

Superior and St. Regis: FWP continues to get reports of black bears getting into garbage and bird feeders. Please secure all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Blackfoot and Clearwater: FWP has received lots of reports of grizzly bear sightings and signs of grizzly bears, particularly in areas with natural food concentrations like serviceberries and huckleberries. Grizzly bears have also been observed in agricultural fields in the Ovando and Helmville areas.

Seeley Lake: There is a young sub-adult grizzly bear active in the Seeley Lake area. This bear has been feeding on huckleberries but tipped garbage cans in the Larch Camp area. FWP is working with the Forest Service to monitor his activity. A bear of an unknown species got into uncontained garbage in the north end of Seeley Lake. A female grizzly with one cub and a female grizzly with four cubs has also been seen in the area. These family groups have not gotten into conflict. Please be diligent about containing attractants to keep additional bears from getting into conflicts.

MOUNTAIN LION

Seeley Lake: FWP removed two mountain lions from the Seeley Lake Area. These two mountain lions were seen on a porch and were hunting housecats. Housecats can be targeted by mountain lions for territorial reasons and, in areas with larger populations of feral cats, cats can become a prey base. There are at least one or two other mountain lions in the area. Do not feed deer and other wildlife. This can unnaturally concentrate deer and elk in locations and bring mountain lions in.


July 14, 2020

BLACK BEAR

Seeley Lake: Three to four black bears are still active in Big Sky and Emerald Lake areas. FWP removed one black bear from the area. This bear was exhibiting severe food-conditioned behavior. Black bears continue to get into uncontained garbage in the Seeley Lake area. Secure garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

Rattlesnake: Black bears are starting to feed on low elevation huckleberries and serviceberries. Recreationists are frequently seeing black bears on or near the trails. In the residential areas, there are a couple of black bears that have been seen during the day and have entered open garage doors and got into unsecured garbage. FWP is monitoring.

Grant Creek: Black bears are starting to feed on low elevation huckleberries and serviceberries. There are still reports of black bears in the residential areas and getting into unsecured garbage. Please bring in bird feeders and contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Potomac: Bears have gotten into garbage that is left out all week. Please secure garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup.

St. Regis/Haugen:  FWP has received reports of multiple black bears getting into uncontained garbage and on porches for pet food and bird feeders. Bring in pet food and bird feeders and store garbage in a bear-resistant manner until it is picked up or removed.

West Fork Bitterroot: FWP captured a black bear that was getting into uncontained garbage. This bear was relocated to a remote area. The community is working to secure garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

Georgetown/Anaconda: FWP has traps set for a black bear that has been entering buildings. There have been additional reports of black bears getting into garbage.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Placid Lake: A possible grizzly bear got into an outside freezer. FWP is monitoring.

Ovando area: A grizzly bear opened a barn door and got into grain. FWP is working with the landowner to secure the barn door.


July 7, 2020

BLACK BEAR

Region-wide: There have been reports of black bears exhibiting food-conditioned behavior across the region. There are rich natural food sources in and around the urban/wildland interfaces. Bears are attracted to these areas for natural foods but are also finding unsecured attractants like garbage, pet food and bird feeders. This is resulting in bears close to residences and, on occasion, on porches or entering open garages. FWP asks the public to please contain all attractants.

Alberton and Superior: There have been multiple reports of black bears getting into garbage and one bee yard. FWP is working with the owner of the bee yard to secure it.

Big Sky Lake/Emerald Lake: There are at least three black bears active in the area. These bears have knocked over BBQs, walked into open garages and have gotten garbage.  A black bear did get into a camper. FWP has set a trap for this bear who is exhibiting extreme food-conditioned behavior.

Bitterroot: Black bears continue to get into garbage that is left out all week and pulling down bird feeders. Setting traps and removing bears at homesites where garbage or bird feeders remain out and available to bears on site is not a good remedy. Bears will continue to return as long as attractants are available. Homeowners must contain all attractants such as garbage, bird feeders, chicken feed, pet food and do not keep freezers on back porches. In some situations after people have contained attractants, bears continue to exhibit food-conditioned behavior and return to the area. FWP may respond with a trap in these cases, but usually by removing/securing attractants, the bears will leave the area.

West Fork of the Bitterroot: Two different black bears are active in the area. Please contain attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Clinton and Turah: There have been increasing reports of black bears getting into garbage, bird feeders and being seen near homes. Please secure attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Evaro Hill: A female black bear with a cub broke into an unoccupied trailer and was possibly responsible for opening a car door. FWP is monitoring this activity. In addition, there are at least two other black bears seeking out uncontained garbage.

Grant Creek: There have been multiple reports of black bears getting into garbage, pulling down bird feeders and walking into open garages. Please remember to close garage doors even when you are home.

Lolo: Multiple black bears have been getting into garbage and bird feeders in residential areas in Lolo. A female with cubs was in a tree most of Sunday. FWP asked people to leave these bears alone and the family group did come down and leave that evening.

Ninemile and Sixmile: There have been multiple reports of black bears getting into garbage, chicken coops and chicken feed. Electric fence is an effective solution for protecting chickens and chicken coops from bears.

O’Brien Creek: There have been a couple of black bear sightings near homes. Please contain attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Pattee Canyon: There have been reports of black bears getting into uncontained garbage in the area.

Phillipsburg/Georgetown Lake and Anaconda: There have been increasing reports of black bears getting into garbage, bird feeders and being seen near homes. Please secure attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Potomac: FWP has received reports of black bears getting into pet food, chicken feed and on porches. FWP is monitoring. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Rattlesnake: Three to four different black bears are active in the Rattlesnake. There have been multiple reports of a black bear in Greenough Park during the day. Another black bear has been active in the Elk Hills area. At the recreation area black bears are feeding on natural foods near the trails. There have been numerous reports of multiple family groups adjacent to trails. Please carry bear spray and know how to use it. Keep dogs close or on leash and pay attention to your surroundings.

Seeley Lake: Multiple black bears are active in the community getting into unsecured garbage and pulling down bird feeders. FWP is working closely with Missoula County and the U.S. Forest Service to address these conflicts.

South Hills: There have been a couple of black bear sightings near homes. Please contain attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

St. Regis, Saltese, Haugan: There have been multiple reports of black bears getting into garbage and on porches for bird feeders. FWP is working with the Forest Service to address black bear conflicts at two USFS campgrounds around Quinn’s Hot Springs, as well as working with homeowners in the area to address similar conflicts at home sites.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Clearwater and Blackfoot Drainages: FWP continues to get reports of grizzly bears feeding on agricultural crops and grizzly bear tracks have been seen throughout the Clearwater and Blackfoot drainages. Please contain attractants in a bear-resistant manner. Carry bear spray and know how to use it.  

Seeley Lake: A grizzly bear was photographed at a privately owned campground in the Seeley area. The bear got into a large, non-functioning bear-resistant dumpster. FWP worked with the owners to fix the dumpster. The bear returned but was not able to get into the dumpster and left. FWP is monitoring. A grizzly bear was also photographed passing by a residence at Big Sky Lake.

MOUNTAIN LION

Region-wide: FWP continues to field reports of mountain lion activity where there are large concentrations of deer in urban/wildland interfaces.

Seeley Lake: A group of subadult mountain lions (likely 2 family groups) have killed a dog and potentially a cat or cats and have been seen close to homes. FWP did respond and removed two of these mountain lions and continues to monitor.