October 2016

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UPDATES
October 26, 2016

BLACK BEAR

Rock Creek: A subadult black bear has been getting into uncontained garbage and has been seen on porches. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Potomac: There have been multiple reports of a bear getting into garbage and a black bear did kill chickens. FWP is monitoring the situation and is working with the landowner to secure the chicken coop.

Darby: FWP is actively trying to capture an orphaned black bear cub. They will take this cub to the rehab center in Helena.

Rattlesnake: FWP moved a deer carcass that a bear had been feeding on in a residential area. Bears are still very active in the Rattlesnake. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Bitterroot: There have been numerous reports of bears in garbage throughout the Bitterroot. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup.


October 20, 2016

Hunters be bear aware when hunting in Montana. Hunters are seeing grizzly bears in the Blackfoot and Clearwater Valleys. Multiple females with young of the year are active in the Blackfoot. Pay attention to your surroundings, hunt with someone else, let others know where you are going and when you will be home, carry bear spray and know how to use it.

BLACK BEAR

St. Regis: FWP is monitoring reports of a black bear that had a plastic jug on its head. No reports have come in since this past weekend.

Grant Creek: A black bear was feeding on a deer carcass near homes. FWP removed the carcass and the bear has moved on.

Rattlesnake: There are multiple black bears active in the Rattlesnake including a female with young. Please keep in mind that bears are agile and can climb fences. Simply having a fence, even a tall one, around your yard may not deter bears. Keep garbage stored in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup. Bring in bird feeders and pick fruit as soon as possible.

Evaro Hill: Black bears have been getting into garbage at local residences and a local business. FWP is working with the local business and residents to find a way to keep bears out of garbage.

Anaconda: A black bear was going on porches and getting into garbage. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner until it is picked up or removed.

MOUNTAIN LION

Miller Creek: There have been reports of mountain lion activity near residences. The mountain lions are following their prey base: deer and turkeys. Please do not feed turkeys or deer. Feeding turkeys and deer can lure mountain lions closer to homes.

Stevensville and Victor: FWP is monitoring reports of mountain lion activity. Please do not feed the deer or turkeys as this can result in mountain lions hunting near homes.

Superior: A mountain lion has been seen near homes. Please do not put salt out or feed the deer. Feeding deer can bring mountain lions closer to residences.

Beavertail Area: FWP received a report of a mountain lion attacking a horse. Wildlife Services responded and determined the horse had been cut by a fence.


October 13, 2016

BLACK BEAR

South Hills: There have been multiple reports of black bears in the South Hills. Most of the reports are of bears moving through the area and feeding on domestic apples. Please pick all fruit as soon as possible and contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Kelly Island: There have been reports of black bear activity in the neighborhood around Kelly Island. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner and pick domestic fruit.

Deer Creek: A black bear was killed after the bear got into some bee hives.

Rattlesnake: There have been multiple reports of black bears, including family groups, in the Rattlesnake. Contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner. A black bear was euthanized by Wildlife Services after killing small livestock.

MOUNTAIN LION

Victor: A mountain lion killed a deer near a residence. Feeding turkeys can lure animals like mountain lions and deer closer to homes. Please do not feed wildlife.


October 6, 2016

There was a report of a grizzly bear being photographed in Kootenai Creek in the Bitterroot going around social media. This turned out to be a false report. The photo that is going around is actually of a bear that was photographed on the Rocky Mountain Front. However, FWP advises that grizzly bears could be present anywhere in NW Montana. Please report grizzly bear activity to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

BLACK BEAR

Region-wide: FWP continues to field multiple reports of black bears getting into unsecured garbage and domestic fruit. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Grant Creek: A black bear got into unsecured garbage in the area. FWP is monitoring the bear activity in the area. Contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup.

Rattlesnake: There have been reports of multiple black bears getting into garbage. Animal Control has been issuing tickets to those leaving garbage out and accessible to bears in violation of the Missoula Ordinance.

Seeley Lake: FWP relocated a black bear south of Seeley Lake after it had accessed a vehicle and a shed. There continue to be multiple reports of black bears getting into uncontained garbage. FWP is issuing tickets to people in Seeley Lake who leave their garbage out and accessible to bears.

Victor: A sheep was killed by a black bear. Electric fencing can be an extremely effective way to keep bears from getting into attractants such as bee yards, livestock and fruit trees.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Blackfoot & Clearwater Drainages: Bow hunters continue to report grizzly bear activity. One elk was taken over by a grizzly bear in the Upper Blackfoot. Please know how to use and carry bear spray. The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunting in Grizzly Country has additional information. There have been a couple of incidents of grizzly bears tipping over burn barrels. If you use a burn barrel make sure it is vented properly and all garbage is burned thoroughly.

MOUNTAIN LION

Region-wide: FWP continues to field reports of mountain lion sightings near residences. This is not unusual this time of year as mountain lions follow deer and elk into green areas.

Lolo Creek: A mountain lion was seen near a residence and livestock. FWP is monitoring.