May 2019

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UPDATES
May 29, 2019

WOLF

Rattlesnake: There continues to be confirmed wolf activity in the Rattlesnake Recreation Area.

BLACK BEAR

Rainbow Bend area of Highway 200: A black bear has been frequenting the area for a few weeks and has accessed chickens, garbage and other attractants. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner. FWP is monitoring this situation.

Rattlesnake: Multiple black bears are frequenting the Rattlesnake neighborhoods. It is very important to secure attractants and bring in bird feeders. Electric fence can be an effective solution to protect chickens and other attractants. Do not put out garbage until the morning of pick up.

Pattee Canyon: A black bear was on house porches. This likely occurred after finding a bird feeder or another attractant. FWP is monitoring this bear’s activity. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Grant Creek: Multiple black bears have accessed uncontained garbage. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pick up.

Seeley Lake: Law enforcement euthanized a black bear after it attempted to enter a home. There have been numerous reports of bears getting into garbage and pulling down bird feeders. Do not put out bird feeders and contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pick up or until you can remove the garbage.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Gold Creek: Grizzly bear tracks were confirmed at an illegal camp in Gold Creek. There were numerous attractants at this camp, including garbage. FWP is working to get the garbage cleaned up.

Woodworth: Multiple grizzly bears have been seen in the area, likely attracted by alfalfa. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Upper Blackfoot: Multiple grizzly bears have been reported, including a couple of reports of grizzly bears scavenging livestock carcasses. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner. Carry bear spray and know how to use it.

MOUNTAIN LION

Hamilton: A mountain lion was euthanized after killing livestock.

Ninemile: A mountain lion killed two goats. FWP is working with the landowner to secure the area with an electric fence.


May 26, 2019

BLACK BEAR

Rattlesnake: There have been several reports of bear activity in the Rattlesnake neighborhood. This includes Greenough Park and Waterworks hill. Please contain all attractants and be aware of bear activity when out enjoying the trails in the Rattlesnake. Carry bear spray and know how to use it.


May 21, 2019

BLACK BEAR

Grant Creek: We have received reports of a black bear active in Grant Creek. Please secure all attractants in a bear-resistant manner. Do not put garbage out before the morning of pick up.

MOOSE

FWP has received multiple reports of moose with calves in the Blue Mountain recreation area, Pattee Canyon/Crazy Canyon and the Rattlesnake. Moose with young can be very protective. Off leash dogs can aggravate moose. Keep dogs close and watch for wildlife while out recreating.


May 14, 2019

BLACK BEAR

Region-wide: Bear activity has picked up across the region. It is important to contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner and bring in bird feeders. FWP relocated four orphaned black bear cubs that were captured last year and wintered at the wildlife rehabilitation facility in Helena.

Seeley Lake: FWP has fielded multiple reports of black bears getting into garbage, freezers and bird feeders. There was one report of a black bear breaking into a car. One black bear was euthanized due to health issues and a lengthy history of conflict. FWP is patrolling and issuing tickets under the wildlife feeding ordinance.

Rattlesnake: A black bear has been getting into unsecured garbage and there have been multiple garbage cans left out all week or for multiple days. A black bear has also attempted to get into multiple bear-resistant containers and a black bear killed chickens at two different locations. Electric fence can be an effective solution for protecting your chickens and ensuring bears cannot get an easy meal. Contain your garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup.

Grant Creek: There have been several reports of black bear activity and reports of orphaned black bear cubs in the area. FWP is monitoring.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Woodworth area: Two subadult grizzly bears accessed multiple attractants over a few days which included breaking into barns for grain, killing chickens and getting into garbage and pet food. FWP captured one of the bears and euthanized that bear due to the level of food conditioning the bear exhibited. A black bear also started to get into similar attractants in the area. FWP is working with the community to resolve attractant issues.

Ovando/Helmville: FWP has fielded multiple reports of residents seeing grizzly bears.


May 1, 2019

BLACK BEAR

Seeley Lake: A black bear has been getting into garbage in the Seeley Lake area. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pick up.

Rattlesnake: A female black bear with a cub was seen in the mid-lower Rattlesnake. Please be bear aware when recreating in the Rattlesnake trail system throughout the neighborhoods. This includes Tom Green and Greenough Park. There are multiple bears active in the area. A black bear also killed chickens in the lower Rattlesnake. If you have chickens, a bear-resistant electric fence can protect your chickens and chicken coop while also preventing bears from getting into trouble.