March 2020

Updates: March 27, 2020

Region-wide: Bears are waking up. Please bring in bird feeders and do not put garbage out until the morning of pick up. Chickens and chicken coops can be effectively protected with a properly installed and maintained electric fence.

BLACK BEAR

Grant Creek: Residents spotted black bear tracks in Upper Grant Creek.

Rattlesnake: A black bear continues to be active in the Rattlesnake. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Bitterroot and Lower Clark Fork: FWP has had reports of black bear activity. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Blackfoot: FWP has been receiving reports of grizzly bear tracks.

MOUNTAIN LION

Potomac: Residents have reported possible mountain lion activity.


March 18, 2020

GRIZZLY BEAR

Blackfoot: A grizzly bear was seen off of Placid Lake road. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner. Do not put garbage out until the morning of pick up or contain in a bear-resistant building or shed until you can take it away. Bring in bird feeders. Electric fence can be very effective at keeping bears out of attractants like chicken coops.


March 13, 2020

BLACK BEAR

Frenchtown/Mill Creek: A black bear is active in the area. Please secure attractants in a bear-resistant manner. Bring in bird feeders and do not place garbage out until the morning of pick up.


March 12, 2020

BLACK BEAR

Rattlesnake: A black bear is active in the Rattlesnake. Please bring in bird feeders and secure attractants. Do not put garbage out before the morning of pick up.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Blackfoot: There have been multiple reports of grizzly bear tracks. Antler hunters and recreationists should be bear aware. Carry bear spray and know how to use it.

MOUNTAIN LION

Region-wide: There have been increased reports of mountain lion tracks due to spring green up and fresh snow. This is normal for this time of year as mountain lions follow deer and elk populations into areas of spring green up.

St. Regis: A mountain lion killed a dog. FWP is closely monitoring to see if the lion returns.

Miller Creek: A homeowner removed a lion that killed chickens. Electric fencing can be an effective way to secure chickens/chicken coops.

Stevensville: A deer was killed by a mountain lion near a residence. FWP removed the carcass.


March 6, 2020

GRIZZLY AND BLACK BEAR

A couple of collared research grizzly bears have started to poke their heads out of their dens. Many bears will remain close to dens for a little while yet. Males are often the first to emerge and will start to make forays into the valleys. Please secure bear attractants by April 1st. Bring in bird feeders and garbage should be secured in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pick up or until you can remove it.

Condon: There was a report of bear tracks in the Condon area.

Rattlesnake: There was an unverified report of a possible bear in the Greenough Park area. It is a good reminder to secure attractants. Bring in bird feeders and do not put garbage out until the morning of pick up.