June 2019

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June 14, 2019

Region-wide: There have been multiple reports of bears getting into garbage, pulling down bird feeders and accessing other attractants across the region. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner and bring in bird feeders. Do not put garbage out until the morning of pick up. Do not leave pet food outside. Chicken coops and other such attractants can be effectively secured with bear-resistant electric fencing. There are resources available to help with funding for electric fencing. Contact us if you are interested in information about that program.

FWP is encouraging all homeowner to clean up and secure attractants on your property. Simply trapping and relocating or euthanizing bears that access attractants is not the solution. The majority of these conflicts are preventable. If you are unsure how to secure attractants or what might be an attractant on your property, feel free to contact us. We are happy to discuss this with you.

BLACK BEAR

Florence: A black bear entered a home through a dog door the evening of June 13th. The bear exited the home by going back through the dog door. FWP is closely monitoring.

Grant Creek: Black bear activity continues to be very high in Grant Creek. Secure all attractants in a bear-resistant manner. Bring in bird feeders and do not put out garbage before the morning of pick up. Keep garage doors closed even when you are at home.

Rattlesnake: A large cinnamon phase black bear was seen in the Fox Hollow area. Please contain attractants, bring in bird feeders and do not put garbage out until the morning of pick up.

Clinton: There have multiple reports of bears getting into garbage and other attractants.

Bonner: FWP has set a trap to capture a black bear that has been getting into garbage and going on porches.

St. Regis/Superior: There have been multiple reports of black bears getting into attractants. Please contain all attractants. Bring in bird feeders and do not put garbage out until the morning of pick up. Bear-resistant electric fencing can also be an effective way of securing attractants.

Lincoln: A black bear was seen on a porch and seemed complacent to human activity. FWP is monitoring.

BOBCAT

South Hills: There has been bobcat activity reported in the South Hills. FWP is monitoring.

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June 12, 2019

Region-wide: Bear activity is picking up across the region. This time of year bears are taking advantage of the lush green vegetation in the valleys and riparian areas and calving and fawning season is beginning. Please contain all attractants on your property so bears are not lured into trouble. Attractants include garbage, bird seed, pet food, fruit trees, coolers and freezers, to name a few. For more information on what you can do to prevent bear conflicts on your property visit the IGBC’s website.

Know how to use and carry bear spray in bear country, including heavily used trails around Missoula. Do not wear headphones and stay aware of your surroundings.

BLACK BEAR

Grant Creek: There is a lot of black bear activity in Grant Creek. This includes reports of a female with two yearlings, several lone bears and a young black bear that has been seen close to homes. Bears have been reported getting into garbage, swimming in backyard ponds and entering open garages. Please close all garage doors even when you are home. Do not put garbage out until the morning of pick up and bring in bird feeders.

Milltown/Bonner: There have been multiple reports of bears getting into garbage and pulling down bird feeders. FWP trapped and relocated one black bear out of Bonner and a trap is set for another bear.

Twin Creek: A black bear that was getting into garbage was trapped and relocated.

Seeley Lake: Black bears continue to find unsecured garbage in the area. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Pattee Canyon: A black bear continues to be seen close to homes in the area. FWP is monitoring this activity. Do not put garbage out until the morning of pick up and bring in bird feeders.

South Bitterroot Valley: Black bears continue to get in the garbage across the Bitterroot. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Lower Clark Fork: Black activity in the area has increased. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Blackfoot Valley (including lower Blackfoot): There have been multiple reports of grizzly bear activity. Please secure all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.


June 4, 2019

BLACK BEAR

Bitterroot Valley (including Florence and Hamilton): Black bears have been getting into garbage. These types of reports are coming in from all over the Bitterroot Valley where garbage and other attractants are easily obtained. Contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pick up and bring in bird feeders. When properly installed, bear-resistant electric fencing is effective at keeping bears from getting into attractants like chicken coops and other livestock and garbage. Contact your local waste hauler to ask about bear-resistant garbage options.

Lolo: There have been several reports of black bears in the area. Please contain attractants in a bear-resistant manner. Bring in bird feeders and do not put garbage out until the morning of pick up.

Bonner/Chumrau Loop: Black bears have been frequenting the area and getting into garbage. Please contain attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Seeley Lake: There have been numerous reports of bears getting into garbage, bird feeders and other attractants in Seeley Lake. On June 3rd FWP captured a female with 2 cubs (see photo courtesy of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks) that had been tearing siding off a house. Multiple bears have visited this home site in the last few weeks. It was discovered that squirrels had cached dog food in the walls of the house. FWP is working with the landowner to clean up the area. It is recommended that people do not leave dog food outside. It is an attractant for many wildlife species. FWP is urging residents to contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Anaconda: A black bear was reported getting into garbage. Do not put garbage out before the morning of pick up.

Rattlesnake: There have been reports of bear activity on/near the main trail in the Rattlesnake Recreation Area. Carry bear spray and know how to use it when recreating in bear country.

Grant Creek: There have been several reports of black bear activity. Some bears have found uncontained garbage. Animal Control has been issuing citation within city limits for garbage left out and accessible to bears.

Pattee Canyon: A black bear continues to be seen on porches in the area. Please bring in bird feeders and contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pick up. FWP is monitoring this situation.

Wallace Creek: A black bear has gotten into garbage in the area. Please secure all attractants.

Rainbow Bend: A black bear continues to find uncontained attractants in the area. FWP is monitoring.

Superior/St. Regis: Multiple black bears have been reported getting into pet food and pulling down bird feeders. Bring in bird feeders and contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pick up or until you remove it.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Rattlesnake: There have been reports of people seeing a grizzly bear in the Rattlesnake Recreation Area. FWP is monitoring the situation. So far FWP has only been able to confirm the presence of a cinnamon-phased black bear but it would not be surprising if a grizzly bear is in the area. Please carry bear spray and know how to use it.

Lincoln: A young male grizzly bear was killed on the highway over the weekend.