June 2016

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June 30, 2016

Fourth of July Weekend: This weekend the campgrounds and cabins around Montana will be packed with people enjoying the holiday weekend. When recreating in bear country please contain all items that might attract a bear to your area. Store back country food and toiletries in a bear resistant container. Do not leave coolers out on picnic tables and wipe picnic tables clean when you leave. Some campgrounds offer bear resistant food storage lockers if you cannot store items in other ways, such as in a car (ideally out of sight) or in a camper. Do not leave food on a grill and clean grills after cooking. Please make sure garbage is kept in a bear resistant way either in a secure building or in a bear resistant container. Bears have started to find uncontained garbage in multiple areas. This can create human safety concerns and result in the death of the bear and this is preventable. By taking steps to keep attractants like garbage, food, toiletries and bird feeders away from bears you can do your part to keep our wild areas safe for both people and bears.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Between Seeley Lake and Salmon Lake: A grizzly bear female with 3 cubs was seen getting into garbage. Please contain all attractants, including garbage, in bear-resistant manner.

Clearwater Junction area: A sub-adult grizzly bear has been seen by residences. Please contain your attractants.


June 29, 2016

Region-wide: Serviceberry and low elevation huckleberry are starting to ripen. At this time the berry crop looks good. People should expect to see bears moving into valley floors for the ripening serviceberry and also in areas with low elevation huckleberry. Slow down for wildlife as you travel on the roads. When in bear country please be aware of your surroundings, signs of bear activity in your area, and always carry bear spray.

BLACK BEAR 

North Reserve: The black bear that was seen in news reports in the North Reserve area has moved into the Grant Creek area and no sightings have been reported since. This bear was likely trying to get from the river to the mountains and simply got stuck in this highly developed area in between. FWP assisted with getting the bear to a safer location.

Rattlesnake: A black bear has been seen in the neighborhood. Please contain all attractants.

Pattee Canyon: A black bear was seen in the Pattee Canyon area. Please contain all attractants in a bear resistant manner and bring in bird feeders.

Bonner: A black bear has been getting into garbage and bird feeders. Please store garbage in a bear-resistant manner and bring in bird feeders.

Georgetown Lake: Large amounts of garbage is being left out at residences in the Georgetown Lake area. Multiple bears have been accessing this garbage. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner until pick up or until you can take the garbage to a dump facility. FWP is active in the area talking to residents about containing garbage.

Seeley: Multiple black bears have been getting into garbage in the Seeley Lake area. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner and bring in bird feeders.

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

Butler Creek: Two black bears killed multiple chickens in Butler Creek. Chickens are an irresistible draw for bears and should be secured in a bear-resistant manner. Electric fencing can be an effective tool to protect your chickens.

MOUNTAIN LION

St. Regis Area: A mountain lion attacked a dog and had killed goats. FWP did remove this lion.

Lower Grant Creek: Mountain lions have been seen near the road. No conflicts have been reported. Please watch out for wildlife moving across the road as you travel in Grant Creek.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Seeley Lake: A grizzly bear female with 3 cubs was seen getting into garbage. Please contain all attractants, including garbage in bear-resistant manner.

Clearwater Junction area: A sub-adult grizzly bear has been seen by residences. Please contain your attractants.


June 10, 2016

BLACK BEAR

Region-wide: There have been a lot of reports of people seeing bears traveling together. This is breeding season so seeing bears together is not uncommon. Thank you to those of you who have taken down your bird feeders. FWP has noted that less calls are coming in regarding bears getting into bird feeders.

Grant Creek: There have been reports of black bears in garbage. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

Rattlesnake: Black bears have been getting into garbage. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

Nine Mile: Black bears are getting into garbage. Contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

Lower Clark Fork: Black bears have been seen near residences and getting into garbage. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Lolo – Mill Creek: There are multiple black bears getting into garbage in the Mill Creek area. FWP is monitoring this activity and urges residents to contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner. FWP will not actively manage the black bears in the area until all garbage is cleaned up and secure and then only if the issue continues after that.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Seeley Lake: A grizzly bear was shot and killed last month after getting into uncontained grain in the Seeley Lake area. FWP reports that the case in under investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

MOUNTAIN LION

A family group of lions killed turkeys and chickens in Lincoln. FWP will be aversive conditioning the lions away from the area. Free ranging poultry is irresistible to local wildlife like bears and mountain lions. Electric fence can effectively protect your livestock from predators.


June 2, 2016

BLACK BEAR

Rattlesnake: There continues to be black bear activity on or near the main Rattlesnake trail and side trails. This includes a black bear female with two cubs. Black bears are common in the Rattlesnake and are usually feeding on the natural foods available. If you are recreating in the area pay attention to your surroundings, watch for signs of bear activity like scat and tracks and always carry bear spray and know how to use it. Headphones are not recommended since they can alter your ability to hear wildlife activity. Paying attention to what is going on around you can help you avoid encounters. Plus, you get to hear all the great natural sounds in the Rattlesnake.

Mill Creek – Lolo: Multiple black bears continue to get into unsecured garbage. FWP is working with the community to address this issue. Contain all garbage until the morning of pickup. Please contain all other attractants and bring in bird feeders.

Seeley Lake: Black bears have been getting into garbage and pulling down bird feeders. Multiple mating pairs of bears have been observed moving through the area. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner and bring in bird feeders.

Lower Clark Fork: Multiple black bears have been seen near residences. Please contain all attractants and bring in bird feeders.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Blackfoot: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks captured and collared a grizzly bear for research purposes.

MOUNTAIN LION

Region-wide: Multiple reports of mountain lion sightings have come in. This is not unusual this time of year especially where there are newborn deer fawns and elk calves. No conflicts with people have been reported.