May 2022

Montana map with region 2

UPDATE: May 23, 2022

BLACK BEAR

Region-wide:  Black bear activity has rapidly increased over the last few weeks. There have been multiple reports region-wide of bears getting into garbage and bird feeders. Black bears have also been seen eating grass near homes. Contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup. Bring in bird feeders. Electric fence can be effective at protecting chicken coops and other attractants from bears. Carry bear spray and know how to use it.

Bitterroot: Black bear activity has picked up in the valleys. Contain all attractants, bring in bird feeders and contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup. A large adult male black bear was removed for killing chickens in the Pinedale area. FWP is working with the community to secure this attractant. Electric fencing can be very effective at protecting chicken coops and other attractants.

Potomac: There are several black bears that have gotten into uncontained garbage in the area.

Rattlesnake: Multiple black bears are active in the neighborhoods. There are several black bears active in the Greenough Park area that have also been going downstream to the river and then into the Hip Strip area of downtown Missoula. FWP is monitoring and attempting to trap these bears.

Seeley Lake: There have been 3 incidents of black bears getting into garbage. FWP is monitoring. As green-up increases in the area bear activity will also. Please contain all attractants and bring in bird feeders.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Blackfoot/Clearwater: There have been multiple grizzly bear sightings and tracks seen throughout the area.

Helmville: There have been depredations by a grizzly bear. FWP and Wildlife Services are working together to address the situation.

North of Interstate 90 between Drummond and Garrison: There are reports of multiple grizzly bears in the area. FWP has confirmed grizzly activity and is monitoring.

Potomac: A grizzly bear has been confirmed in the area. This bear has gotten into uncontained garbage. FWP is working with the community to address this issue and monitor this bear’s activity.

West side of the Bitterroot: There have been reports of a grizzly bear. FWP is trying to verify these reports.


May 10, 2022

Region-wide: Bears are active. Please take down bird feeders. Do not put out garbage until the morning of pick up. Chicken coops and other attractants can be protected effectively with a bear-resistant electric fence.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Deerlodge Valley: There have been verified reports of grizzly bear tracks in the area. FWP is monitoring.

Big Hole: There was a grizzly verified in Big Hole.

Blackfoot/Clearwater: FWP is working with Wildlife Services to investigate potential calf depredations by grizzly bears. There have been multiple reports of grizzly bear observations and tracks throughout the Blackfoot and Clearwater areas.

BLACK BEAR

Missoula Valley: Black bear activity has been increasing rapidly across Missoula. This is common for this time of year as bears move into the valleys to take advantage of spring green up. Please secure bear attractants.

Grant Creek: There have been multiple reports of black bear activity.  

Rattlesnake: Multiple black bears are active in the area and many have gotten into garbage that is out and available all week. Please do not put garbage out until the morning of pick up.

West Riverside, Bonner, Milltown: There have been multiple black bears getting into garbage that is being left out all week. In particular, West Riverside at the base of Woody Mountain and near Piltzville at the base of Bonner Mountain. It is important that all bird feeders are brought in and garbage is not left out until the morning of pickup.

Pattee Canyon: Black bears are getting into garbage that is left out all week. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup.

South Hills: There have been multiple reports of black bear activity and one black bear has been getting into garbage.

Big Flat: There have been reports of black bear activity.

Bitterroot: FWP has received a lot of reports of black bear activity. Please contain all attractants. Bring in bird feeders and do not put out garbage until the morning of pickup.  

MOUNTAIN LION

Region-wide: There have been multiple reports of mountain lion activity. Spring green up means deer and elk move into valleys to take advantage of this food resource. Mountain lions follow deer and elk, their prey, into the valleys this time of year.