May 2016

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UPDATES
May 27, 2016

BLACK BEAR

HWY 93 near Blue Mountain road: A yearling black bear cub was hit and killed. A female and another yearling left the area.

Big Flat and O’Brien Creek: Residents have seen black bears in the area. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Blue Mountain: Recreationists have seen a black bear in the Blue Mountain area. Please watch for wildlife when walking dogs and recreating in the area. Contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Quinn’s Hot Springs area:  A black bear has been getting into garbage. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

Lolo Creek: Black bears have been getting into garbage. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

Mill Creek-Frenchtown: There have been bears sighted near cabins. Please contain all attractants.

Frenchtown: Black bears have gotten into chicken feed and uncontained garbage. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Placid Lake: Residents have seen both black and grizzly bears in the area. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.


May 20, 2016

BLACK BEAR

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is receiving numerous calls from people that have bears near their homes that are getting into bird feeders and garbage.  FWP will not set traps for any bears unless bird feeders are removed and garbage is secured and the problem continues. People can prevent such conflicts from occurring by proactively securing all attractants and bringing in bird feeders.

Ninemile: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wardens captured a black bear that was getting into garbage repeatedly at a residence.

Seeley Lake: Black bears have been tipping over garbage cans in the area. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup or until you can take the garbage to the refuse site.

Victor: A black bear was coming onto porches for bird feeders. Please bring in all bird feeders and secure garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Blackfoot: A grizzly bear killed a calf. Management efforts are underway by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Wildlife Services.


May 18, 2016

BLACK BEAR

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 2: 14 of the orphaned black bear cubs that were captured last year have been released back into the wild. The small black bear that was captured in March in Clinton is being kept for a little longer to improve his health.

Additionally, newborn deer fawns and elk calves will be here soon. Mothers will leave their young for short periods to feed. Please do not pick up or move young wildlife. If you have concerns contact your local Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks office.

Grant Creek: HIGH ALERT – Bear activity continues to increase in this area. At least 8 bears are active in the Upper Grant Creek area. This includes one female with two cubs and one female with one cub as well as several individual lone bears. At this time no conflicts have been reported. Keep all attractants secured. The bears have been observed eating the spring green up but they can quickly learn garbage and bird seed are easy meals. Contain all potential attractants in a bear-resistant manner. Bring bird feeders in and do not place garbage out until the morning of pickup.

Rattlesnake: There are 3-5 different black bears that have been observed in the Rattlesnake neighborhoods. Contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Evaro: A cinnamon phased black bear was observed near homes close to the highway. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Ninemile: Multiple black bears have been getting into unsecured garbage near homes in the Remount area. Please secure all attractants in a bear-resistant manner. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is working with the community to contain garbage at this site.

Seeley Lake: A black bear female with cubs has been getting into garbage. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup or until you can take it to the refuse site.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks captured a male grizzly bear in the Blackfoot Valley for research purposes. Research trapping is ongoing in Region 2.

MOUNTAIN LION

Rock Creek: A female mountain lion with two sub adults has been seen. No conflicts have been reported. If you have livestock such as chickens or sheep in the area, electric fence can be a very effective tool to protect your livestock from bears, mountain lions and other wildlife.


May 12, 2016

BLACK BEAR

Grant Creek: There are reports of a female black bear with cubs and a lone bear in the Upper Grant Creek. Please secure all attractants.

Miller Creek: A cinnamon phased black bear has been seen near homes. Please secure all attractants.

Rattlesnake: A black bear got into garbage in the Upper Rattlesnake. Please contain all attractants. Garbage should be contained in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup.


May 6, 2016

BLACK BEAR

Region-wide: Black bear hunting season is ongoing in the region.

Rattlesnake: A bear has been getting into garbage cans in the lower Rattlesnake. This is a reminder that within city limits the Rattlesnake is under an ordinance which requires residents store their garbage in a bear resistant manner until the morning of pickup. Please secure all attractants and bring in bird feeders. Animal Control can issue citations for those residents that do not comply with city ordinance. Visit our local ordinance page for more information.

Grant Creek: A black bear has been seen by residents in the middle Grant Creek area near Colorado Gulch. No conflicts reported yet. Please contain all attractants.

Ninemile: A bear got into a bee yard. FWP is monitoring this situation.