November 2015

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UPDATES
November 19, 2015

Region-wide: Please contain all attractants and do not put out bird feeders until mid-December. While more and more bears are heading towards their dens many bears remain active.

BLACK BEAR

Lolo: Black bear activity continues in the area. Reports have come in of a black bear getting into garbage, feeding on crab apples and one report of a bear getting into a chicken coop. A properly installed electric fence is an effective way to secure chickens from a myriad of predators.

Grant Creek: A black bear was on a porch eating crab apples. FWP is monitoring bear activity in the area.

St. Regis: FWP is monitoring reports of an orphan cub that has gotten into garbage and bird feeders.

Bitterroot: FWP is monitoring reports of orphan cubs.

Rattlesnake Recreation Area: People continue to see tracks and black bears in the Rattlesnake Recreation Area. There have been no recent conflicts reported with bears in neighborhoods.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Blackfoot & Clearwater: People continue to report grizzly bear tracks, particularly after fresh snow. Please be aware of grizzly bear activity when recreating or hunting in these areas.

MOUNTAIN LION

Grant Creek: FWP continues to monitor a family group of mountain lions that residents have seen in the area.

BOBCAT

Rattlesnake: FWP relocated a subadult bobcat that was frequently seen near homes in the residential area.


November 12, 2015

MOUNTAIN LION

Grant Creek: FWP is monitoring reports of a family group of lions active in Grant Creek.

Potomac: FWP is monitoring mountain lion activity in the area.

Turah: FWP is monitoring mountain lion activity in the area.

BLACK BEAR

Region-wide: Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner until at least December 15th. Although most bears are beginning to go to their dens, there are still quite a few up and about.

St. Regis: FWP is monitoring black bear activity in the area. There have been reports of bears getting into garbage. In addition, FWP captured an orphan cub that will be taken to the rehab center until after hunting season then released to den naturally.

Orchard Homes Area: FWP captured an orphan cub and has been able to take this bear to the rehab center to gain weight and will be relocated to den in the wild.

Upper Miller Creek and Lolo: There have been reports of a bear eating the remaining apples.

South Hills: Residents are still reporting bear activity.

Potomac: A black bear reportedly got into compost. This bear appears wounded and FWP is monitoring this bear’s activity.

Bonner: Residents are still reporting bear activity in the area.


November 3, 2015

Region-wide: Black bears continue to feed on the remaining apples throughout the region. Please do not put out bird feeders until at least December 15th and continue to store all attractants in a bear-resistant manner. Hunters continue to report grizzly bear sign and sightings. Please be bear aware when out in grizzly bear country. Some bears have begun to enter their dens but bears remain active in the Missoula area.

BLACK BEAR

Seeley Lake: A trap that had been set for a black bear who denned near a home has been pulled because the black bear moved away on its own.

MOUNTAIN LION

Rattlesnake: Mountain lion activity has been seen in both the Upper Rattlesnake neighborhoods as well as in the Recreation Area.