May 2021

Montana map with region 2

UPDATE: May 12, 2021

Region-wide: It is bear breeding season and FWP has been fielding reports of adult bears traveling together. When in bear country carry bear spray and know how to use it and pay attention to your surroundings. Remember that even busy trails around Missoula are in bear country. Be bear aware. Bring in bird feeders and do not put garbage out before the morning of pickup.

BLACK BEAR

Rattlesnake and Grant Creek: There are several black bears active in the Rattlesnake and Grant Creek, including one family group in the Rattlesnake. Several bears have gotten into garbage in the Rattlesnake and one bear in Grant Creek is getting into garbage. Contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner. Bring in bird feeders.

University Area: At least one black bear continues to be active in the area. Do not put garbage out until the morning of pickup and bring in bird feeders.

Pattee Canyon: Bears are active in the area. One bear has been getting into garbage. Garbage should be stored in a bear-resistant manner until it is picked up.

East Missoula: There have been reports of black bears feeding on green grass and getting into birdseed. Please bring in bird feeders.

Bonner/West Riverside: There are multiple black bears getting into garbage and bird feeders. Garbage should be stored in a bear-resistant manner until it is picked up.

Seeley Lake: There is at least one bear that has entered town for garbage. A family group of black bears has been seen in the Double Arrow area.

Florence and Hamilton: There have been multiple reports of bears getting into garbage and bird feeders. Do not put out garbage until the morning of pickup and bring in bird feeders. FWP is attempting to capture a black bear that has repeatedly gotten into garbage.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Blackfoot and Clearwater Drainages: There have been several reports of grizzly bear family groups, individuals, and breeding pairs active in the area. Be bear aware and contain attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Rattlesnake Recreation Area: FWP is investigating reports of a female grizzly bear with cubs in the area. FWP has not verified this is a grizzly bear. Anytime you are recreating in bear country be prepared, pay attention to your surroundings and carry bear spray and know how to use it.

MOUNTAIN LION

Grant Creek: A housecat was reportedly killed by a mountain lion. FWP responded but the lion had moved on.