November 16, 2018
Region-wide: Although bear reports are slowing down as bears make their way towards winter dens, some bears are still active. Please continue to contain attractants in a bear-resistant manner.
Rattlesnake: FWP is continuing to field reports of multiple, active black bears in the Rattlesnake. This includes activity in Greenough Park. Bears are feeding on domestic fruit, including crabapples. Contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner and do not put garbage out until the morning of pick up.
Grant Creek: FWP continues to receive reports of black bears in the area. There have been reports of black bears feeding on domestic fruit in the area. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.
East Missoula: There have been reports of a female black bear with cubs still in the area feeding on domestic fruit.
Bitterroot/Lolo: Reports continue to come in of black bears getting into garbage and feeding on domestic fruit. Please contain your garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pick up.
Ovando: A grizzly bear has been accessing uncontained residential attractants near Ovando. FWP is working on an electric fence to secure attractants at the location.
Bitterroot: A sub-adult male grizzly bear was trapped and relocated from the Stevensville area a few weeks ago. There have been multiple news stories about this.
Blackfoot: Hunters continue to report grizzly bear tracks. Please carry bear spray and know how to use it.
Helmville: A grizzly bear was getting into apples near the residence and accessed a freezer on the back porch last month.
Lincoln: Wildlife Services investigated an attempted calf depredation in mid-October.
Deerlodge area: There was a report of hunters seeing a grizzly bear in the Deerlodge area.
Anaconda Pintlers: There have been verified reports of grizzly bear activity in the Anaconda Pintlers.
Region-wide: FWP has fielded reports of mountain lion activity region-wide. Residents have been seeing tracks in fresh snow near residential areas in the urban wildland interface and in areas where homes are located in actively used wildlife movement corridors such as near ridges and streams.
Mount Jumbo: A mountain lion has been seen on Mount Jumbo. Mountain lion activity in the urban wildland interface is not unusual. Mountain lions are following the deer, their prey base.