June 2015

map_newMOUNTAIN LION UPDATE
June 26, 2015

Target Range: There was a report of a mountain lion sighting in the Target Range area. The lion was just moving through. FWP is monitoring.
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GRIZZLY BEAR UPDATE
June 26, 2015

Lincoln: A grizzly bear was involved in a sheep depredation. Traps have been set and FWP is monitoring.
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BLACK BEAR UPDATE
June 26, 2015

There have been more sightings of bears in the Ninemile, Alberton, Grant Creek and Rattlesnake areas. Bears have been observed frequenting these residential areas but no trouble has been reported in the last few days.
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BLACK BEAR UPDATE
June 25, 2015

Conflicts are waning slightly due to serviceberry and huckleberry crops ripening at lower levels.

Alberton: Bears continue to be active in the Alberton area. There is still one trap set at a resort in the area. FWP is working with the City Council and Mayor of Alberton to fix the problem.

Blue Mountain / Big Flat area: Hikers have seen bears (and several moose) in the area. FWP is monitoring.

Bonner / Lower Deer Creek / Turah: There have been reports of bears in uncontained garbage. Please store all garbage in a bear resistant manner until the morning of pickup.

Pattee Canyon: There have been bear sightings in the area and no issues at this time. FWP is monitoring.

Petty Creek / Graves Creek area: Bears have reportedly accessed uncontained garbage and chicken feed. Contact us if you have questions on storing garbage and chicken feed in a bear resistant manner.

Rattlesnake: The trap that was set for the bear on June 19th is being pulled as the bear has not showed up again. Please call FWP at 542-5500 with reports of any bears on porches and in garages and houses.

A bear accessed garbage in the Lower Rattlesnake and a ticket was issued. Leaving garbage out and accessible to bears in the Bear Buffer Zone is a violation of Missoula Ordinances.

Upper Grant Creek: There have been reports of multiple black bears in the area. One hot tub was damaged by a bear and one bear accessed uncontained garbage. FWP is monitoring the situation. Please take down all bird feeders and store all garbage and other attractants in a bear resistant manner. If you have any questions contact us.
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MOUNTAIN LION & MOOSE UPDATE
June 25, 2015

Blue Mountain / Big Flat area: Hikers have seen several moose in the area. No issues have been reported.

Grant Creek: There have been multiple reports of mountain lions in the Grant Creek and Butler Creek area. Lions have been observed moving across roads and no issues have been reported. FWP is monitoring the situation.

Pattee Canyon: A moose has been seen in the area.
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BLACK BEAR UPDATE
June 19, 2015

Rattlesnake: A black bear went onto a porch in the Upper Rattlesnake valley north of Missoula. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) believes this is the same bear that broke into a kitchen on Sunday. Traps have been set for the bear. This bear started out getting into bird feeders and uncontained garbage. Because homes have now removed bird feeders and contained their garbage the bear has elevated its efforts to find food. This behavior would never have developed had bird feeders and garbage not been available.

Seeley Lake: A black bear has been coming into the Big Larch Campground at Seeley Lake. FWP is monitoring the situation. Campers should remember that food orders are in place on National Forest lands and all food and attractants need to be contained in a hard-sided vehicle or bear resistant container.
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BEAR UPDATE
June 15, 2015

Rattlesnake: Last week two black bears in the Rattlesnake Valley were coming up on porches, accessing garages and entering several kitchens. On Thursday one of these bears was captured. Because the bear had actually entered several homes it was euthanized. The second bear is still at large. On Sunday the second bear entered another home. Please notify Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (542-5500) immediately if a bear enters your home. MFWP is actively trapping for the second bear.

Mountain bikers and hikers have been seeing black bears and lions in the lower reaches of the Rattlesnake Recreation Area above the trailhead.

Seeley: Last week a bear entered an open garage shed in Seeley Lake, scattered the garbage and damaged the shed door. MFWP is monitoring the situation. There was also a report of a grizzly feeding on a road-killed moose north of Lake Alva. When hiking in bear country carry bear pepper spray.

Turah: A bear has been accessing uncontained garbage near Turah.

Alberton: The community of Alberton is experiencing intensive bear activity. This activity can be attributed to an individual that was feeding the local bear population in years past. Since the feeding has stopped the local bears are now seeking out homes throughout the Alberton area. Bears are accessing uncontained garbage and bird feeders at multiple households and there have been multiple incidents of bears killing chickens and accessing chicken feed. Bears were also accessing uncontained garbage at a resort outside of Alberton. Over the weekend wardens responded to a report of a bear getting food off of a picnic table at a wedding party at this same report. One non-target bear was trapped and relocated. MFWP is actively trapping for several additional bears.

Cyr / Sawmill Gulch area: Bears are getting into uncontained garbage and birdfeeders in and around the town of Cyr and Sawmill Gulch area. There was one report of two bears attempting to access an electrified chicken coop. Both bears were shocked and not able to access the chickens or chicken feed. Chickens were killed at an adjacent residence that did not have their coop contained within an electric fence. If you live in a remote setting in areas inhabited by predators, electric fence is recommended for containing all smaller livestock. All livestock grains and feed should be contained in a bear-resistant manner (inside stout building). If storing grains or feed outside use a heavy steel box with a locking lid.

Florence: A black bear entered an open kitchen window west of Florence and caused considerable damage to the home. The bear made a second attempt to gain entry later that night while the resident was at home. MFWP trapped and destroyed the bear on Thursday. Bears that enter homes are not relocated.

Bitterroot: Multiple black bears are accessing garbage and bird feeders in the West Fork of the Bitterroot River. On Thursday, a large adult black bear was shot over garbage by a resident in the Hughes Creek Drainage. The incident is under investigation. Residents are reminded that garbage should not be stored outside all week.

Ninemile: Black bears are accessing garbage and bird feeders in the upper Ninemile drainage. Residents are reminded to keep all garbage locked in an enclosed building and to take down bird feeders. If you are camping or recreating at Kries Pond please keep coolers contained within closed vehicles if you are away from your campsite. There were reports of bears getting into uncontained coolers.

Rock Creek: There have been several incidents of black bears accessing bird seed and bird feeders in Rock Creek East of Clinton. Residents are reminded that bird seed is extremely desirable to bears once they understand what it is and where to find it. Please take down bird feeders.

There was also a report of an orphaned bobcat kitten under a porch in Rock Creek. The kitten moved on later that day.
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MOUNTAIN LION UPDATE
June 15, 2015

Ovando: There was a report of a mountain lion near a home site North of Ovando. MFWP is monitoring the situation.

Rattlesnake: Mountain bikers and hikers have been seeing black bears and lions in the lower reaches of the Rattlesnake Recreation Area above the trailhead.
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BLACK BEAR UPDATE
June 11, 2015

Upper Rattlesnake: A young cinnamon black bear that has been on multiple porches, entering garages, and entering a home will be trapped and euthanized by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP). Unfortunately, this bear learned at a young age that birdfeeders, garages, and garbage equaled food. Some of the homes this bear visited had no attractants available but once a bear learns to get a birdfeeder on a couple of porches or decks it will start investigating similar locations that may not have these attractants. Please contain attractants. In addition, there have been reports of two bears in the same area.

Blodgett Canyon: A black bear entered a home and broke into a refrigerator. The homeowner reported the incident and then the bear came back with the homeowner present. This bear will be removed by FWP.

Upper Ninemile: There is a black bear in the Upper Ninemile that has been accessing garbage. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner and bring in birdfeeders until December 1st.
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BLACK BEAR UPDATE
June 9, 2015

Region-wide: Black bear activity has really picked up. Couple dry/hot conditions with the height of breeding season and we get numerous reports from the public. In a couple of weeks serviceberry, a major food resource for bears, will be ripening and bears will frequently be seen where serviceberry is found. Conflicts with bears can often be prevented. By taking steps to minimize conflicts with bears we can all make our communities safer for both bears and people.

Sleeman Gulch: A black bear accessed garbage and a birdfeeder. Please contain attractants and put out garbage only on the day of pickup. Contact us if you are looking for ideas for storing garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

Lolo: A bear was seen getting into garbage and birdseed.

Hayes Creek: FWP set a trap for a black bear that has entered multiple open garages. Please close garage doors even if you are just running out for a quick errand.

O’Brien Creek: A homeowner legally harvested a black bear that was trying to break into a camper. This is suspected to be the same black bear that entered multiple garages in Hayes Creek over the last week. Another resident reported a black bear with a cub that investigated a chicken coop and entered a parked car, biting at the seat.

Upper Petty Creek: A resident reported that a black bear clawed at a vent on the side of the house. This vent is connected to the kitchen. FWP is monitoring this situation.

Sawmill Gulch in Mineral County: A black bear has been accessing multiple compost piles in the area. Compost can be protected by a bear-resistant electric fence. Do not put meat, fish, melon rinds and other pungent scraps in the pile.

St. Regis: Someone poached a female black bear that had two cubs of the year. One cub died of exposure but the second cub was found by members of the public and FWP has taken that cub to the rehabilitation center in Helena.

Alberton: There is a female with cubs of the year and a single bear eating garbage and pulling down birdfeeders. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner and take birdfeeders down until December 1st.

Grant Creek: FWP trapped and relocated a black bear from Grant Creek. This bear was climbing onto porches to eat birdseed. Please bring in birdfeeders until December 1st.

Rattlesnake – Lower Poplar: A bear accessed a garbage can and turned over a grill. Grills should be completely cleaned after use and garbage must be stored in a bear-resistant manner per the Missoula Ordinance. Animal Control has been issuing tickets in the area to residents that are leaving garbage out and accessible to bears.

Upper Rattlesnake/Elk Ridge and Lincoln Hills: There is a young cinnamon phase black bear that has been on multiple porches and last night this bear walked into a resident’s kitchen through an open door. FWP will be actively attempting to trap this bear.
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LION UPDATE
June 9, 2015

Rattlesnake Trail: A mountain lion was seen in the Curry Gulch area.
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BLACK BEAR UPDATE
June 7, 2015

Big Sky Lake: FWP has trapped and will relocate a bear that had gotten onto porches at Big Sky Lake.

Grant Creek: FWP responded to a bear on a porch eating birdseed. Please bring in bird feeders until winter.

Hayes Creek: FWP is responding to a bear that entered a garage in the area. This is most likely the same bear that had been in earlier reports.

Upper Rattlesnake: A young brown or cinnamon phase black bear with a white chest patch has been going on porches and is potentially the same bear who entered a garage. If you see this bear please call FWP at 542-5500.
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BLACK BEAR UPDATE
June 5, 2015

Important Reminder: There were reports this morning of a black bear entering open garages in the Upper Rattlesnake. This bear received a food “reward” by eating pet food in one garage. This bear came back to the same location twice. Bears remember where they find food. Bears that enter open garages and eat things like pet food or garbage may escalate to breaking into garages to get at these attractants. Please remember to keep garage doors closed even if you are just inside your home or quickly running up to the store. Do your part to keep our community safe for both bears and people.
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BLACK BEAR UPDATE
June 4, 2015

Missoula Area: Animal Control has been issuing notices of violation regarding garbage left out when residents are in violation of the Missoula Ordinances in the Bear Buffer Zone. This includes the Rattlesnake and South Hills.

Superior: A black bear got into a birdfeeder at a residence. Please bring in birdfeeders until December 1st.

Blue Mountain: A hiker reported a female black bear with two cubs in a tree west of the trailhead at Blue Mountain. FWP is monitoring.

Hayes Creek: There were two incidents with black bears in the area. One resident reported a bear on their porch north of Hayes Creek. Another resident reported a bear that got into garbage near the highway. FWP is monitoring.
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MOUNTAIN LION UPDATE
June 4, 2015

Coloma/Garnet Ghost Town: A family group of lions has been seen. FWP is monitoring and recommends that people do not put salt licks out for deer. Drawing in deer can also lure in lions who are following their prey.
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BLACK BEAR UPDATE
June 1, 2015

Rattlesnake: A cinnamon phase black bear was seen near Creek Crossing. Please secure attractants.

South Hills: A black bear was seen on the Highland Golf Course. FWP is monitoring the activity. The South Hills has become a hot-spot for bear conflicts due to birdfeeders and unsecured garbage left out and available for bears. Please secure all attractants so that bears cannot get into them. The upper portions of the South Hills are in the Missoula Bear Buffer Zone meaning it is against the law for garbage to be accessible to bears.

Frenchtown/Roman Creek: A black bear has tipped over dumpsters. This has happened at the same location in the past. FWP is working to make sure these dumpsters are secured from bears.

Seeley Lake: A black bear accessed unsecured garbage and was seen at the Big Larch Campground. Wardens issued warning tickets at two locations pertaining to unsecured garbage under Montana’s Wildlife Feeding law (MT Code 87-6-216). Please secure garbage in a bear resistant manner! If you have questions about how to do so please contact us.

Big Sky Lake: FWP has set a trap for a black bear who has been getting onto porches for birdfeeders and has done some property damage. FWP plans to capture the bear this week.
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MOUNTAIN LION UPDATE
June 1, 2015

Grant Creek: A mountain lion was seen near a home in the Grant Creek area. FWP is monitoring.

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