March 2015

map_newBEAR UPDATE
March 26, 2015

Region-wide: Early snowmelt and warm temperatures meann bears are quickly becoming active. Now is the time to start taking down birdfeeders and storing garbage and other bear attractants and in a bear-resistant manner. Antler, black bear and turkey hunters should be thinking about grizzly bears when out and about. Be aware of your surroundings and please carry bear spray and know how to use it.

Visit the following links for more information on staying safe in bear country:

How to safely in grizzly country
FWP’s bear identification program

Grizzly Bear
There have been increasing reports of grizzly bear tracks in the Blackfoot and Clearwater.
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LION UPDATE
March 26, 2015

Lincoln: A mountain lion was seen near Lincoln. FWP is monitoring the area.
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BEAR UPDATE
March 18, 2015

It’s that time of year when our valleys start to “green up”. During this time, mule deer, whitetail deer and elk concentrate on the valley floors for this food resource. As a result, people may see mountain lion and other predators in these areas. It is important to remember that it is against the law to feed “any cloven hoofed ungulates, bears, or mountain lions” under Montana Code 87-6-216. One person feeding wildlife can cause wildlife conflict problems for an entire neighborhood which can result in the often preventable death of wildlife. Please start thinking about bears and making plans to bring down birdfeeders and secure attractants like garbage in a bear-resistant manner. Properly installed bear-resistant electric fence is also highly effective at deterring bears from accessing chickens, fruit trees and other attractants.

Black Bear

Stevensville: There are reports of black bear activity east of Stevensville. This black bear may have accessed a bird feeder.

Lolo: There have been reports of black bear activity in the area. No conflicts reported.

Grizzly Bear

Clearwater Drainage north of Seeley Lake: There have been reports of grizzly bear activity.

Blackfoot Valley near Lincoln: There have been reports of grizzly bear activity.
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BEAR UPDATE
March 13, 2015

It seems the warmer weather is sticking around. While most bears remain in their dens, it is time to be “bear aware” while in bear country. Carry bear spray and contain all attractants like coolers, garbage, birdseed, etc. in a bear resistant manner. Electric fencing is a versatile tool to deter bears from chicken coops, livestock, gardens and more. If you are planning for spring chickens and live in bear country please consider securing your coop with a bear-resistant electric fence. For design ideas Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has an electric fence guide for bears. Defenders of Wildlife offers an incentive program that assists with the costs of an electric fence.

Lincoln: There have been a few reports of grizzly bear tracks in the Lincoln area.
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LION UPDATE
March 13, 2015

Evaro Hill: A mountain lion was seen in the area. No conflicts were reported.

Ninemile: A goat was killed by a mountain lion in the area.

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