October 2017

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October 11, 2017

Region-wide: Halloween is approaching and pumpkins are starting to show up on porches. At the same time, we continue to see bear activity in neighborhoods. A pumpkin makes a tasty treat for both bears and deer. Keeping pumpkins inside, at a minimum, at night could prevent bears and deer from snacking on them.

BLACK BEAR

Anaconda/Clear Creek: There are multiple reports of bears getting into garbage and fruit trees. Please do not put out garbage until the day of pick up or until you can take it away.

Bitterroot: Multiple black bears have been seen in domestic fruit and getting into garbage. Please pick fruit and contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pick up.

Drummond: Black bears have been seen feeding on apples. A black bear did enter an open garage to get into garbage. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is monitoring.

Farviews and the South Hills: There have been reports of black bears in domestic fruit and getting into garbage. Please pick fruit and contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pick up.

I-90: Two black bears were hit and killed crossing I-90.

Lolo Creek: FWP attempted to trap a black bear that was getting into garbage. FWP captured a non-target black bear and this bear was relocated. There have been multiple reports of bears getting into garbage and domestic fruit trees.

Miller Creek: Multiple black bears have been seen in domestic fruit and getting into garbage. Please pick fruit and contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pick up

Ninemile and Sixmile: Multiple black bears have been seen in domestic fruit trees. Please pick fruit and contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pick up.

O’Brien Creek: Bears continue to be seen in domestic fruit trees. Local residents are working with FWP to increase communication among community members about containing bear attractants.

Pattee Canyon: There have been reports of bear activity but it appears active neighborhood outreach has been effective in curbing conflict.

Potomac: There continue to be reports of black bears getting into garbage. FWP is working with local residents to find a solution to this issue.

Rattlesnake: Multiple black bears have been seen in the Rattlesnake neighborhoods feeding on domestic fruit and bears are continuing to find unsecured garbage. Please pick fruit and put garbage out only on the morning of pick up and contain all other attractants.

Rock Creek: FWP is working with residents in lower Rock Creek to contain bear attractants. Black bears have been getting into garbage and other attractants in the Upper Rock Creek area and FWP is reaching out to residents in this area.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Seeley Lake: A grizzly bear got into a chicken coop. FWP is monitoring the situation and the landowners decided to not continue to raise chickens. Please pick fruit and contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pick up.

Blackfoot: Local residents, hunters and those recreating in the Blackfoot valley continue to report grizzly bear activity. A female grizzly bear and two cubs were seen close to a home. The bears moved on without conflict. A hunter’s downed elk was taken over by a family group of grizzly bears in the backcountry of the Scapegoat Wilderness. Visit FWP’s Hunting in Bear Country for helpful information.