June 2017

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June 27, 2017

Region-wide: Bear conflicts are low right now due to the remaining spring green up and other natural food availability, especially ripening serviceberry. People should expect to see bears moving into valley floors for the berries and fruit as they ripen. Bears will find other attractants such as bird feeders and garbage as they move into lower elevations searching for berries and fruit. Now is a good time to make sure attractants on your property are not accessible to bears.  Store garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup and take down all bird feeders. 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

Six Mile: A black bear is accessing garbage in the Six Mile area. Please make sure garbage is stored in a bear-resistant manner and be sure bear-resistant containers are latched properly and not damaged.

MOUNTAIN LION

Region-wide: FWP has received a few reports of mountain lion sightings region-wide, including a few issues with chickens. No conflicts with people have been reported.


June 20, 2017

Region-wide: Bear conflicts are low which is likely due to the plentiful lush, cool spring green up and natural food availability. Bears and other predators also prey on deer fawns and elk calves this time of year.

BLACK BEAR

Potomac: A black bear has been seen in the area.

Seeley: There are reports of bears getting into garbage and pulling down bird feeders. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup and bring in all bird feeders.

Bitterroot: There have been multiple reports of bears getting on porches. This usually indicates that bears have been getting into bird feeders. Bring in all bird feeders.

O’ Brien Creek: Black bears have been reported getting into garbage. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until it is either picked up or taken away.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks-Region 2 is continuing efforts to capture and collar grizzly bears for research purposes.

MOUNTAIN LION

Clinton/Turah: There have been some reports of mountain lion activity.


June 6, 2017

BLACK BEAR

Ninemile: There have been multiple reports of black bears getting into bird feeders. Please remove all bird feeders for the season.

Rattlesnake: There are multiple bears still active in the Rattlesnake neighborhoods and trail systems. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner. Animal Control is patrolling the Rattlesnake this week and will be issuing tickets and violation notices if garbage is left out and accessible to bears. When recreating in bear habitat always carry bear spray and know how to use it.

Rock Creek: There have been reports of bears getting into garbage. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner until it is removed from the site.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Blackfoot Valley: A grizzly bear likely killed a calf and Wildlife Services has investigated the incident. A grizzly bear was also seen feeding on a road-killed elk. This bear has since moved on.

MOUNTAIN LION

Seeley Lake: A mountain lion killed a goat.

Rattlesnake: Residents have seen a mountain lion. It is not unusual for mountain lions to travel through the riparian corridors in the Rattlesnake.