June 2021

UPDATES: June 1, 2021

BLACK BEAR

Big Flat – Black bears getting into garbage and bird feeders.

Bitterroot Valley – All over the valley there have been reports of black bears getting bird feeders and garbage. FWP is working with various communities and Bitterroot Disposal around the issue of bears accessing garbage in the area. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup and bring bird feeders in.

Bonner/Milltown – There are multiple black bears getting into garbage and bird feeders. Bring in bird feeders and contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

East Missoula – There is one big adult male black bear and several subadults active in the area. Bring in bird feeders and contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

Evaro – A black bear has opened car doors, pulled down bird feeders, and gotten into garbage. FWP is monitoring this situation.

Frenchtown/Ninemile – Multiple black bears have tipped over garbage cans and gotten into bird feeders. FWP has alerted the community.

Grant Creek – There is a female with cubs of the year and multiple lone bears that have been seen along the creek. A few incidents of bears getting into bird feeders and garbage have been reported. Bring in bird feeders and do not put garbage out before the morning of pickup.

Lolo – There have been multiple reports of black bears active in the area. Some of these bears have gotten into garbage. A black bear killed a goat. FWP is working with the landowner on an electric fence. Please bring in bird feeders and do not put garbage out until the morning of pickup.

Lower Clark Fork/Superior/St. Regis – There have been reports of multiple reports of black bears getting into garbage. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

Miller Creek/South Hills – Black bears have been seen getting into garbage. Please contain all garbage in a garage or in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup.

Pattee Canyon – There have been reports of black bear activity. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner. Bring in bird feeders.

Potomac – There have been reports of multiple black bears getting into garbage and bird feeders. Bring in bird feeders and contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

Rattlesnake – There are multiple bears active in the area. Several of these bears, including one big adult male, is getting into garbage, investigating porches, and testing garage doors. FWP is monitoring the situation and will set traps for this particular bear when the opportunity arises.

Twin Creek/Gold Creek – There are multiple black bears getting into garbage. Contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

Seeley Lake – There have been multiple reports of a lone black bear getting into garbage. FWP did also set traps for a black bear that broke into a church basement and got into a freezer and also got into a bus door where garbage was stored. FWP was unable to capture this bear. There is also a female with subadults in the Double Arrow area. Please bring in bird feeders and contain garbage and other attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Avon – In the past month FWP has dealt with multiple conflicts in the area. One male grizzly bear was trapped and relocated. Shortly after, another grizzly showed up and killed yearlings. FWP did remove this grizzly bear. FWP issued press releases regarding these bears. There continues to be bear activity in the area. FWP has assisted with moving carcasses from a boneyard in the area.

Evaro Hill – There were verified grizzly bear tracks in the area.

Lincoln – There have been reports of lone grizzly bears and at least 1 female with young and 1 research female with two 2 year-olds.

Ninemile – FWP is attempting to verify reports of a grizzly bear in the area.

Ovando/Helmville – There have been multiple reports of lone grizzlies and at least 1 female with cubs of the year and 2-3 different females with sub-adults. A grizzly bear did get into a chicken coop. FWP is assisting with electric fencing for this coop.

Rattlesnake Recreation Area – FWP has continued to receive reports of a grizzly bear with cubs in the Rattlesnake Recreation Area. FWP has been unable to verify that it is indeed a grizzly bear. There is a black bear with cubs that looks a lot like a grizzly bear that has been seen on multiple occasions. FWP will continue to monitor this.

Seeley Lake – There have been multiple reports of 5 different lone grizzly bears moving through and around Seeley Lake. Only one bear is suspected to have gotten into garbage. There is a female with yearlings in Placid Lake area and a female with cubs of the year in the Woodworth area. Grizzly bears are likely moving through the area as they move into lower elevations for natural food resources. Please contain all attractants. Keep garbage secured in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup or until you can take it to the transfer site. Bring in bird feeders. If you are recreating in the area please do not leave coolers and garbage out and accessible to bears in campgrounds or where you are camping.

South of Interstate 90 – FWP is monitoring a radio-collared grizzly bear and has received additional reports of two grizzly bears traveling together in the Flint Range.