October 2015

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October 27, 2015

BLACK BEAR

Halloween is this weekend and parents should be “bear aware” while trick or treating with the kids. While some bears have begun to den, black bears remain very active in the Rattlesnake, Orchard Homes and Upper South Hills areas. FWP continues to field reports of orphan cubs in the Orchard Homes, Frenchtown and Bitterroot areas. FWP is monitoring this activity. The Helena rehab center is full and cannot take any more cubs this year.

South Hills: Bears have been getting into numerous garbage containers that are left out all week in the area. This is training bears that garbage is a food resource and as long as this attractant remains available and bears have not denned people can anticipate this behavior to continue. Also, bears that learn this behavior this year may return next year. Please store all garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the day of pickup. Most of these areas are under the Missoula Bear Buffer zone and garbage is required to be stored in a manner that bears cannot get into it.

O’Brien Creek: Bears continue to get into uncontained garbage. FWP is working with the neighborhood association to find a solution to this issue.

Lolo: Bears continue to get into unsecured garbage. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

Seeley Lake/Double Arrow: FWP is attempting to capture a black bear that has denned right next to a home.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Blackfoot: A hunter reported that an elk was taken by a grizzly bear. Grizzly bears remain active in the area. Please be bear aware when hunting anywhere in Western Montana.


October 21, 2015

Region-wide: General hunting season starts this weekend. Be Bear Aware by always carrying and knowing how to use bear spray. This includes everyone enjoying the outdoors! See our Living & Safety in Bear Country page for more information.

As Halloween nears, those living in bear country need to keep in mind that bears like to eat pumpkins. A pumpkin on a porch could attract a hungry bear.

BLACK BEAR

There are multiple reports of orphan black bear cubs around Region 2. FWP is monitoring this activity at this time. The rehab center in Helena, MT is full and cannot currently take additional cubs. Orphan cubs have been seen in the Rattlesnake, Target Range, Frenchtown and Bitterroot Valley areas.

Petty Creek: A black bear was killed on the road. There have been reports of bears on porches and getting into bird feeders.

Orchard Homes / 3rd St.: Black bears continue to be seen feeding on apples.

University District: FWP captured a cub last Friday and took it to the rehab center in Helena. There continues to be bear activity in the area. Please contain all garbage until the morning of pickup and bring in bird feeders.

Pattee Creek Market Area: A black bear was seen in the area on Monday. There have been no additional reports of this bear for the last couple of days.

Big Flat: A black bear is getting into uncontained garbage. FWP is working with the residents to contain garbage.

Rattlesnake: There continues to be frequent bear activity in the area including one possible orphan cub.

Lolo: Bear activity continues in the area. Bears are getting into garbage and remaining apples.

Milltown / Bonner: Bears have been seen feeding on apples.

South Hills: Bear activity remains high in the area. Bears are eating remaining apples and crabapples.

Bitterroot: Bears continue to be seen in apple trees and getting into garbage.

Three Mile: A black bear killed chickens in the area. FWP is working with the homeowner to install an electric fence.


 

October 15, 2015

BLACK BEAR

Grant Creek: There are still bears being seen in lower and upper Grant Creek. Please contain all attractants and bring in bird feeders.

Missoula: FWP captured an orphan black bear cub weighing 15 lbs near the Orange Street exit. This bear was feeding on a dead deer. FWP is taking this bear to the Helena rehab center. Orphan cubs are being reported region wide and FWP is monitoring all reports.

University Area: There are at least two black bears being seen in the Mt. Sentinel/University area feeding on apples and getting into garbage. If you live within 2 blocks of Mt. Sentinel please pick all remaining fruit, bring in bird feeders and contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup.

Orchard Homes: There continue to be reports of bears in trees in the area. FWP is monitoring activity.

O’Brien Creek: Black bears have been getting into garbage containers in this area. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until it is picked up or removed.

Six Mile/Huson: A black bear was seen in a yard. FWP is monitoring reports of bear activity in the area.

Rattlesnake: Bears continue to be active in the Rattlesnake neighborhoods feeding on remaining domestic fruit including, including crab apples. Please pick all remaining fruit and store all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.


October 13, 2015

Bonner: A community church picked the apples that had been attracting a female black bear with two cubs.

Big Flat: There are several bears still feeding on apples. Please pick all remaining fruit.

Milltown/Bonner: A lone black bear has been seen eating apples.

Double Arrow: A black bear has been trying to get into bear-resistant garbage containers in the area.

Mullan Road: There have continued to be reports of bears feeding on apples in the area. Please pick remaining fruit.

Frenchtown: FWP is monitoring reports of an orphan black bear cub.


October 9, 2015

BLACK BEAR

Rattlesnake: FWP responded to a yearling black bear in a tree near a home. FWP captured and relocated the bear. This bear was feeding on crab apple trees.

Haugan: A black bear was captured and relocated from the area. This bear had learned how to open up cars and had broken into a trailer. FWP is investigating possible feeding of wildlife occurring in this area.

Lower Grant Creek: FWP captured a bear in lower Grant Creek this morning. This bear will be relocated. FWP has talked with the neighborhood association about containing all attractants to avoid this scenario in the future.

Bonner: A female black bear with two cubs has been feeding on apples. FWP is now monitoring their activity.

Big Flat: Multiple bears have been getting into garbage and feeding on apples. A bear was reported lying in the middle of the road with apples all around him. Residents were concerned that he had been hit by a car but it was determined that he had been feeding on fermented apples which made him lethargic or “apple drunk.” These bears can appear like there is something wrong, but this effect wears off over time.

University Area: Bears have started to find apple trees near the base of Mount Sentinel. There are multiple bears in the area. Residents in the area should pick all remaining apples.

Drummond: There have been multiple reports of black bears in the area, mostly feeding on apples. FWP is working with the community to see if someone is interested in starting a gleaning effort.

Hamilton: There are 15+ bears working the community for apples and garbage, especially along the river. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner and pick apples.

Seeley Lake: A trap has been set for a black bear that has broken into a garage.

MOUNTAIN LION

Upper Rattlesnake: There was a report of a deer that was killed by a mountain lion and a bear took over the carcass. FWP removed the carcass and is monitoring the situation.

Hamilton: There have been reports of a couple sheep being killed by a mountain lion. Wildlife Services is working with the sheep owner.


October 8, 2015

BLACK BEAR

Helmville: FWP caught and took an orphan black bear cub to the rehab center in Helena.

Rattlesnake: FWP captured an orphan cub that had been seen in the Rattlesnake. They will be taking this cub to the rehab center. A large male (300 lbs +) was also captured in the Rattlesnake in a trap that FWP had set for another 1-2 bears. This bear will be relocated. FWP will set the trap again to try and trap the bears that have been walking on porches and trying to break into garages. Please keep all garage doors closed.

Haugen: FWP has a trap set for a black bear in the area.

Sleeping Child area (Bitterooot): There are reports of an orphan cub.

Update – Lewis and Clark area: The female black bear that was captured from the Lewis and Clark area in late September was legally harvested by a hunter. The cubs were not seen in the area.


October 7, 2015

BLACK BEAR

Region-wide: There are multiple reports of orphan black bear cubs that FWP is responding to and/or monitoring. It is possible that these cubs are temporarily separated from their moms. However, years when natural food production is poor, mothers may abandon their cubs or die as a result of human-related conflicts. Often times these deaths are related to unsecured attractants. There are still many reports of bears in bird feeders and garbage across the region. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner and bring in bird feeders. Domestic fruit should be picked immediately. By taking steps to secure attractants on your property you improve safety for both people and bears as well as protect your property from potential damage. This is a community issue, not just a single home issue. If there is a neighborhood where everyone is doing the right thing and one home leaves garbage out and bird feeders accessible, bears will remember that spot and return to it for “food”. Please talk to your neighbors and help us spread the word on how to minimize human-bear conflicts in the area.

Hamilton: An orphan cub was feeding on apples near an elementary school in Hamilton. The approximately 20 pound cub was captured by FWP and will be taken to the rehab center in Helena.

Frenchtown: There are reports of an orphaned cub. FWP is monitoring.

Orchard Homes area: There are a lot of bear sightings coming in for this area. FWP is monitoring.

Rattlesnake: A trap is set in the Rattlesnake drainage for a black bear that was entering and attempting to enter garages.

Helmville: FWP is attempting to trap an orphaned black bear in the Helmville area.

Lower Grant Creek: FWP set a trap for a black bear that was repeatedly going onto porches.

Lolo: There are reports of an orphan black bear cub. FWP is monitoring.

Mount Jumbo: A black bear broke into a bear-resistant dumpster. Republic Services will be repairing that dumpster.

Chief Charlo area: There is a bear active in the area feeding on apples and getting into unsecured garbage. FWP is working with neighbors to pick these apples and contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner.


October 6, 2015

BLACK BEAR

Frenchtown: There were multiple reports of an orphan black bear in the Frenchtown area. FWP is monitoring to determine if the mother will return for her cub.

North Reserve/Karl Tyler Chevrolet Area: A black bear was seen yesterday in this area. FWP is monitoring.

Lower Grant Creek: FWP will be setting a trap for a black bear that remains in the area despite resident’s attempt at securing attractants. The bear continues to be active near homes during the day.

Hamilton: A female black bear was shot and killed. There was uncontained garbage on site. The female had two cubs with her. FWP has captured one of the cubs and is attempting to capture the other. They will take these cubs to the rehab center in Helena.

Ovando: Two black bears had been seen near town in apple trees.


October 5, 2015

BLACK BEAR

Greenough Area: There have been reports of black bears on porches. FWP has issued warning tickets for bears getting into uncontained garbage and continues to monitor the situation.

Lower Rock Creek: A female black bear with two cubs has been seen in the area. Bears in this area have been seen on porches and getting into bird feeders. Please bring in bird feeders.

Florence: A black bear cub was hit by a car and killed.

South Stevensville: An adult black bear was hit on the highway and killed.

Frenchtown: A family group of black bears was feeding on apples near a business. FWP is monitoring this family group.

Kelly Island/Orchard Home/Maclay Bridge: There continues to be multiple reports of bear activity in the area. Bears are primarily being seen feeding on apples.

Lower Grant Creek: There are two different black bears active in the lower Grant Creek neighborhoods. One bear was feeding on a road-killed deer which FWP has removed. However, bears have gotten into garbage and also have been seen feeding on apples.

Rattlesnake: Bear activity remains high in the Rattlesnake. A female black bear with three cubs was being monitored this weekend high in a tree. This family group has since moved on.

Victor: There are reports of bears getting into apples and garbage.

Double Arrow/Seeley Lake: A black bear broke into and damaged a closed garage and got into garbage. FWP will be actively trying to capture this bear.

Blackfoot Tavern Area: There have been reports of black bears feeding on apples.

O’Keefe Creek near Wye: There have been multiple reports of bears getting into apple trees.

Granite Creek: A black bear continues to get into uncontained garbage and has killed chickens and geese. FWP is monitoring this situation.

MOUNTAIN LION

Helmville: A woodcutter was approached by a lion. This lion stayed in the same area for two days. FWP suspects that this mountain lion most likely had newly born kittens in the area. Mountain lions can have kittens any time of the year.


October 1, 2015

BLACK BEAR

Rattlesnake: A black bear cub of the year was hit by a car and killed in the Rattlesnake. FWP has been monitoring two cubs high in trees in the lower Rattlesnake neighborhood. In addition, FWP is investigating reports of feeding wildlife in the area.

Haugan: There continues to be a lot of bear activity in the area. Bears have been getting into garbage and apples. FWP is investigating reports of feeding bears in the area.

East Missoula area: A black bear was killed by a homeowner when it got into a bee yard. FWP is working with the resident to get electric fencing around the bee yard.