UPDATES: November 27, 2020
Region-wide: Bears are heading towards their dens but there are few still up. Please continue to contain attractants and delay putting out bird feeders if bears remain active in your area.
Hellgate Canyon to UM and Pattee Canyon: There are still 2 black bears out and about. Please continue to contain attractants in a bear-resistant manner.
Bonner Area: There are multiple black bears still out and about. These bears have been getting into garbage and other attractants. Please contain attractants in a bear-resistant manner.
Rattlesnake: FWP did confirm multiple reports of the same grizzly bear tracks in the Spring Gulch area. This is likely the same bear that has been in the Butler Creek, Grant Creek and Snowbowl area this fall. Grizzly bears have moved through this area and have been confirmed in the Rattlesnake Wilderness in the past. When recreating in the area please carry bear spray and know how to use it. Be aware of your surroundings.
Blackfoot/Clearwater: FWP continues to receive reports of grizzly bear tracks and people seeing grizzly bears. Grizzlies are starting to head towards their dens but a few are still active in the area. Please continue to contain attractants and carry bear spray.
November 19, 2020
University Area: There is still a black bear active in the East Missoula/University District. FWP is still actively trying to capture that bear.
De Borgia: Black bears have been getting into uncontained garbage. FWP is monitoring and asking residents to contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner and not put out bird feeders yet.
Blackfoot and Clearwater: Grizzly bears are still out and about. Hunters continue to report tracks. Stay bear aware and carry bear spray.
Foothills of Flint Creek Range, South of I-90: FWP received a report of grizzly tracks in the area.
Point 6-Snowbowl Area: FWP continues to get reports of a grizzly bear in the area. Tracks have been verified as a grizzly bear. Please be bear aware, carry bear spray and know how to use it. Residents should contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner and do not put out bird feeders yet.
Region-wide: FWP has received reports of people seeing mountain lion tracks and finding lion kills in lower elevations throughout Region 2.
November 9, 2020
Region-wide: Black bears are starting to head to their dens, but there is still bear activity. Continue to secure attractants in a bear-resistant manner. Do not put out bird feeders until after December 1st; however, wait longer if bears are still active your area on December 1st.
UM area/East Missoula/Bonner: Black bears are still very active in these areas. There have been multiple reports of bears getting into garbage and going on porches for bird feeders and cat food. FWP estimates there are 6-8 different bears exhibiting this behavior. Contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner. Bring in bird feeders, feed pets inside, and store all pet food inside. FWP is actively trying to capture the bear active in the area between Easy street and the UM campus.
Rattlesnake and Grant Creek: Black bears are still active in the area, but reports of conflicts have declined as bears start to head toward their dens.
Bitterroot: A black bear climbed onto the porch of a house in the Sula area. FWP is monitoring.
Blackfoot and Clearwater: There have been numerous reports from hunters and ranchers seeing grizzly bears and bear tracks. Grizzly bears are still very active in the area. There have been a couple incidents of grizzly bears on gut piles. Be aware of your surroundings, carry and know how to use bear spray.
Seeley: A grizzly tipped a dumpster. FWP is monitoring.
Region-wide: FWP is getting reports of mountain lions in lower elevations as they follow deer and elk into their winter ranges.