May 2017

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May 31, 2017

BLACK BEAR

Rattlesnake: Black bear activity continues to be high in the Rattlesnake. Residents have seen bears at all hours and in the parks. Please be aware of bear activity when moving through the parks and riparian areas. Contain all attractants and bring in bird feeders.

Grant Creek: Multiple bears are active in both the upper and lower Grant Creek neighborhoods. A female black bear with cubs has been seen near homes in upper Grant Creek. FWP is monitoring their activity. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner. This includes bringing in bird feeders and do not put out garbage until the morning of pickup.

FWP wardens captured a black bear. This bear was exhibiting similar behaviors to a couple of bears reported in the Rattlesnake and is likely one of those bears that had moved into Grant Creek. This bear was approaching porches and pawing at doors and showed signs that it had been intentionally fed. Unfortunately, this bear will be euthanized due to this uncommon behavior. Feeding bears is illegal in Montana. If you have information that someone is intentionally feeding bears please call Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) at 542-5500. Feeding bears almost never ends well for the bear and can lead to behavior that can be deemed a human safety concern.

Bitterroot: There have been reports of bears getting into unsecured garbage. Please contain garbage inside until the morning of pickup.

Ninemile: Multiple black bears have repeatedly killed chickens. FWP is working with landowners to secure attractants using electric fencing.


May 26, 2017

BLACK BEAR

Rattlesnake: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) captured a brown phase black bear in the lower Rattlesnake; however, this was not the target bear so FWP will relocate this bear.

Grant Creek: FWP is attempting to trap a bear that is getting on porches.

Farviews/Pattee Canyon: There have been reports of bear activity near Whitaker. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Seeley Lake: Black bears have been seen in the Seeley Lake/Double Arrow area. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Ninemile: Multiple black bears have been trying to access garbage and bears got into a chicken coop and killed chickens. FWP is monitoring this bear activity.

Potomac: A goat was killed by a black bear. Wildlife Services is actively trying to capture this bear.

MOUNTAIN LION

Lower Blackfoot: A mountain lion killed a lamb. FWP is working with the landowner to install an electric fence.


May 23, 2017

BLACK BEAR

University of Montana: A black bear was seen on the University of Montana campus Sunday night. The bear has moved off.

Rattlesnake: A small cinnamon-phased black bear is still active in the lower Rattlesnake. This bear continues to get into garbage and bird feeders and is active in the neighborhoods during the day. FWP will attempt to capture this bear.

Ninemile: Multiple bears are active in the Ninemile area. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner. Electric fence can be an effective deterrent to protect your property from bears.

Bitterroot: FWP will be setting a trap for a bear that has repeatedly attempted to access a dog kennel.


May 19, 2017

BLACK BEAR

Rattlesnake: There are multiple bears active in the Rattlesnake. This includes two females with young. A sub-adult cinnamon phase black bear has been seen multiple times amongst homes during the day. This bear has been getting into a lot of bird feeders, garbage, and pet food left outside. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is going to attempt to capture this bear. There is also another, larger bear that has been seen in the Lower Rattlesnake. In the Upper Rattlesnake, there are several bears, including a very large cinnamon phase black bear, that are exhibiting behavior suggesting it has been fed. FWP is monitoring reports of this bear. It is illegal to intentionally feed bears. This almost never bodes well for bears and can become a human safety concern. Please report any intentional feeding to FWP. Take down all bird feeders, do not leave pet food outside, and contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pick-up. If you have backyard chickens, correctly installed bear-resistant electric fence can be an effective deterrent. Animal Control is issuing tickets to people who leave garbage out and accessible to bears.

Lolo: A black bear was killed by a homeowner when the bear was tearing open a closed garage door.

Grant Creek: There are multiple black bears active in the area. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pick-up. Animal Control has issued over 50 notices of violations or tickets to homeowners leaving garbage out and available to bears.

Ninemile: FWP is attempting to capture two orphaned black bear cubs.


May 12, 2017

BLACK BEAR

Missoula: Within city limits, Animal Control is issuing notices of violations and tickets to residents in violation of our city ordinances pertaining to garbage and the feeding of bears. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner. Bears have been accessing garbage in multiple neighborhoods and this is largely preventable. Republic Services has bear-resistant containers available for rent. Please contact them if you are interested. If you live outside Missoula, please contact your local waste hauler for options.

Rattlesnake: A homeowner killed a red-phased black bear that was on a porch and would not leave after repeated attempts to scare the bear away. There is a second bear exhibiting similar behaviors. FWP believes these bears may have been intentionally fed. If you have any information about the intentional feeding of bears in the Rattlesnake please contact FWP at 542-5500 or the TIP-MONT Hotline online or at 1-800-TIP MONT.

COYOTE

FWP has fielded several incidents of hikers with dogs seeing or encountering coyotes at close range. Be aware that coyotes will approach and will on occasion attack dogs, especially during the denning and pup-rearing season.


May 10, 2017

BLACK BEAR

Rattlesnake: There have been multiple reports of garbage being tipped over in the Rattlesnake neighborhoods. Animal Control will be patrolling the area and noting violations to the garbage ordinance pertaining to bears. All garbage must be contained in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup. Multiple black bears are active in the area.


May 9, 2017

BLACK BEAR

Rattlesnake: There have been additional reports of the brown phased black bear that entered a garage in the Fox Farm area. This bear approached a door after residents made noise to scare it off. This bear appears to be exhibiting behavior that suggests it is being fed. If you have any information about someone intentionally feeding please call Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) at 542-5500. FWP is closely monitoring this situation. Please keep garage doors closed. Remember that intentionally feeding bears and other game animals is illegal in Montana.

Stevensville/Victor: There are multiple bears that have been getting into garbage. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup. A black bear tried to enter a dog kennel, likely for the dog food, but the dog was in the kennel. FWP will try and capture this bear.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Highway 83: A male grizzly was feeding on an elk carcass along the side of the highway. The carcass was removed from the site.


May 8, 2017

MOUNTAIN LION

Region-wide: FWP is receiving reports of mountain lion activity region-wide. This is likely due to spring green up. Mountain lions will follow their prey as they move into spring habitat.

Grant Creek: A mountain lion has been seen in the lower Grant Creek area. No conflicts have been reported.

BLACK BEAR

Rattlesnake: A brown-phased black bear was in a garage in the Fox Farm area this weekend. Please

Fox Farm area garage

Fox Farm area garage

keep all garage doors closed and report any incidents of bears entering garages to FWP. There have been multiple black bears active in the Rattlesnake including getting into garbage and pulling down bird feeders. Bring in all bird feeders and contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pick-up. If you live in the Missoula Bear Buffer Zone it is against the law to leave garbage out and accessible to bears. Animal Control will be investigating reports of violations of Missoula’s ordinances.

Grant Creek: A black bear was seen on the trail in Upper Grant Creek. No conflicts have been reported. Please contain attractants and bring in bird feeders.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Blackfoot Valley: FWP continues to monitor grizzly bear activity throughout the Blackfoot Valley. Please contain all bear attractants. Carry and know how to use bear spray.

Ninemile and Six Mile: FWP has received multiple reports of both grizzly bear sightings and tracks in the Ninemile and Six Mile area. No conflicts have been reported. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner. Electric fencing can be an effective method to contain multiple attractants including chicken coops. Bring in bird feeders and do not leave garbage out and accessible to bears. Report bear activity to FWP. FWP will continue to monitor these reports.