UPDATE: March 20, 2023
Frenchtown: There have been reports of a black bear active in the area. Please contain attractants.
Rattlesnake: Sporadic bear activity has been reported in the lower Rattlesnake. Please contain attractants.
University area: A black bear was observed along the river in the University Area.
West Riverside: A black bear was observed in the area. Please contain attractants.
Blackfoot: There have been a few reports of grizzly bears active in the area and reports of tracks. Please be bear aware, carry bear spray, and know how to use it. Please contain attractants.
Region-wide: As spring green up begins and the deer and elk start to move, mountain lions will follow. It is common to get an increase in reports of mountain lion activity in areas where green up is occurring and deer and elk are congregating.
Rattlesnake: FWP hazed a family group of mountain lions several times. They believe she is now avoiding the area. If you see mountain lion activity, please report it to FWP.
March 1, 2023
Frenchtown: MFWP has received several reports of a black bear out in the Frenchtown area.
Blackfoot: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (MFWP) has received two reports of grizzly bear tracks in the upper Blackfoot drainage. This includes several miles west of Seeley Lake and one a few miles northeast of Ovando. Be bear aware, carry bear spray and know how to use it.
Rattlesnake: MFWP is continuing to receive multiple calls of a family group of mountain lions in an Upper Rattlesnake residential area. MFWP removed another deer carcass and yesterday the adult female was hazed for the second time. MFWP is hoping that this family group of mountain lions will move out of the valley. There are a lot deer in the urban interface right now and MFWP reminds people that it is illegal to feed and salt wildlife in the state of Montana and in the city of Missoula. MFWP encourages the community to visit with their City Council Representatives to work with MFWP on a deer management plan for the city.