September 2015

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September 30, 2015

BLACK BEAR

Blue Mountain Area: A black bear was found dead. FWP is investigating.

Mill Creek: A black bear was found dead. FWP is investigating.

Hwy 93 South – Buckhouse Bridge: A black bear was killed on the highway.

Evaro Hill: Two black bears were hit and killed on the highway.

Turah: A black bear was hit and killed on Frontage road.

Alberton: A black bear was hit and killed on I-90

Lolo: FWP preemptively captured a black bear and will relocate it. This area has had a history of conflicts related to uncontained garbage. The residents have agreed to secure their garbage in a bear resistant enclosure.

Mormon Creek: There are several bears getting into uncontained garbage.

Huson: FWP captured and will relocate a black bear that has been feeding on apples adjacent to a home. The homeowner has picked remaining apples.

Bitterroot River bottoms: There is consistent bear activity all throughout the river bottoms of the Bittterroot. If you live along the river please bring in bird feeders, store garbage in a bear resistant manner and pick any remaining fruit. If you leave attractants out you should anticipate bear activity.

Hamilton: A black bear entered an open barn and got into grain and garbage. FWP asked the residents to contain all attractants. South of Hamilton there have been reports of orphaned cubs. FWP is monitoring. In addition, there have been multiple reports of bears in residential and business dumpsters along the river. FWP is working with residents to find bear resistant solutions to their garbage issue.

3mile-8mile area: Bears have been getting into garbage left out all week at the end of roads in the area. Please contain garbage until the morning of pickup.

Hayes Creek: There have been reports of bears in garbage and apples. Please contain garbage and pick all remaining fruit.

Bass Creek: FWP is investigating reports of orphaned cubs in the area.

Florence Middle School: There was a bear near the middle school. FWP is monitoing.

Frenchtown Elementary: A black bear was seen near the school. FWP is monitoring.

St. Regis: There have been multiple reports of bears in garbage and in apple trees.

Haugan: A black bear broke into a trailer and some vehicles. The resident is working to contain the site with electric fence.

Missoula Airport: Airport security pushed a bear out of the fenced enclosure around the airport. The bear has moved on.

Mullan Road – Grass Valley: There have been multiple reports of bears in apple trees throughout the area. Please contain attractants.

Grant Creek: A black bear got into garbage and a compost pile. Please contain garbage. Compost piles can be protected with electric fence.

Rattlesnake: There continues to be bear activity throughout the Rattlesnake. A female black bear with young had been feeding on a road killed deer. FWP removed the deer and the bears moved on. FWP is also monitoring a black bear that is high in a tree in the Upper Rattlesnake residential area. Please contain all attractants and pick remaining fruit. There are resources available to help pick fruit.

Pattee Canyon – South Hills: There have been a lot of reports of bears getting into garbage and apples in the area. Garbage is routinely being left out all night. Please contain all attractants.


September 25, 2015

Lewis and Clark Neighborhood: FWP successfully captured two cubs on Thursday afternoon and captured the female later that evening. The family group was reunited and will be relocated today.


September 23, 2015

BLACK BEAR

Region wide: There are a lot of black bears being seen in apple trees across the region. Natural food resources like hawthorn are starting to wane. Bears have keyed into the abundant domestic fruit available in the Missoula valley and in valleys throughout the region. FWP is urging residents that have fruit trees to pick all remaining fruit. FWP is working with the Montana Department of Transportation to address bears in crab apples at rest stops along the highway. As bears move throughout the valleys the incidents of bears being hit by cars has gone up. There have been multiple black bears hit and killed by cars in the last week on I-90 between Bonner and Turah. In addition, two black bears were killed on HWY 200 in the Blackfoot.

South Hills: Multiple black bears have been seen in fruit trees and getting into garbage across the South Hills. This includes a female with cubs that was seen on a porch and entered a garage. FWP is monitoring. Please store garbage in a bear-resistant manner, pick all remaining fruit and bring in bird feeders, even empty ones. Bears that have eaten birdseed before may be attracted to an empty feeder.

Lewis and Clark neighborhood between Bancroft and Higgins: There are multiple black bears that have found their way into this area and are feeding on the domestic fruit that is available. This includes a female with two cubs. If you live in this area and have fruit trees please pick all remaining fruit. FWP is closely monitoring bear activity in this area. If you see a bear in this neighborhood please contact FWP at 542-5500.

Rattlesnake: Multiple black bears are being seen on a regular basis throughout the Rattlesnake neighborhoods feeding on apples and other domestic fruit. Please pick remaining fruit.

Snowbowl: A black bear attempted to access garbage in a bear-resistant garbage container but was unsuccessful.

Grant Creek: There have been multiple reports of black bears in apple and fruit trees in both upper and lower Grant Creek. Please pick all remaining fruit.

Kelly Island: There have been a few reports of black bears in apple trees. Please pick all remaining fruit.

Frenchtown: Numerous reports have come in about bears in apples. In addition, FWP is investigating reports of a dead black bear found behind someone’s home.

Lolo: A black bear has been near town feeding on apples. FWP is monitoring.

Victor: FWP is investigating reports of orphaned black bear cubs.

Bitterroot/Sleeping Child: FWP is investigating reports of orphaned black bear cubs possibly related to a female that was hit and killed on the highway.


September 21, 2015

BLACK BEAR

Region wide: There are a large number of black bears all over the region feeding on apples. Please pick all domestic fruit unless the trees are located in a remote location not near homes. Reports are increasing of bears getting into bird feeders. Bring bird feeders in until December 1st. Bird feeders are an irresistible attractant for bears and can teach bears to get on decks and porches. There have also been multiple reports of orphaned cubs. FWP has investigated these and found them to be mostly lone yearlings. It can be difficult to tell the difference. Cubs born this year are about 25-35 lbs and tend to look fluffy around the head. Yearlings have a leaner, slightly awkward look with longer legs, nose and ears. FWP has confirmed that there are a lot of lone yearlings being seen now.

Pattee Creek Market: The black bear that was behind Pattee Creek Market last week was seen again in the Lewis and Clark neighborhood last Thursday evening. Due to the location of this bear within a dense residential area FWP made the decision to dart the bear with the intent to relocate. Sadly, the bear sustained injures and had to be euthanized Friday. The hide and skull will be used for education purposes.

Rattlesnake: FWP closely monitored a family group of black bears that was seen last week near the Rattlesnake school. Those bears have since moved on. Residents in the Rattlesnake are reporting continual bear activity throughout the neighborhoods and in the parks.

Grant Creek: There have been a lot of reports of black bears seen in both upper and lower Grant Creek. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner. An electric fence was placed around an apple tree in lower  Grant Creek and it has been successful in keeping bears out of the tree. Electric fence, when installed correctly, can effectively keep bears out of attractants like fruit trees, chicken coops and compost.

Alberton: A female black bear was killed on I-90. There were reports of an orphaned cub nearby but FWP has been unable to locate that cub.

East of Bonner on HWY 10: A black bear was killed on the highway.

South Hills: A female with cubs was reported on a back porch. There were a lot of apples and pears in the yard. FWP asked the homeowner to pick all remaining fruit. There continues to be a lot of reports from the South Hills of bears in domestic fruit.

Seeley Lake: There continues to be bear activity around the community. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.


September 17, 2015

BLACK BEAR

Region wide: FWP is currently fielding numerous reports of bears in apples across the region. Please pick your fruit.

Pattee Creek Market Area: A bear was getting into garbage. FWP was able to temporarily secure the garbage.

Rattlesnake: FWP is monitoring a female with three cubs in the middle Rattlesnake.


September 15, 2015

BLACK BEAR

Rattlesnake: FWP had been monitoring what was believed to be an orphan black bear cub. That cub moved from its location this week. The black bear that was in the tree yesterday in the lower Rattlesnake has also moved. There continue to be numerous reports of people seeing bears in the Rattlesnake neighborhoods.

Florence: Last night and this morning there was a sudden increase in reports from residents seeing black bears in garbage and apple trees. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner, bring in bird feeders and please pick fruit.

Turah: A black bear was reported getting into bird feeders in the area. FWP advised the homeowner to take the bird feeders down.

Darby: A black bear was getting into apples and bird feeders. FWP advised the homeowner to remove bird feeders and pick apples.

Drummond: There have been reports of black bears in apple trees. Northeast of Drummond there was a female black bear with cubs digging in compost in a garden. There is more information about securing compost piles on our website.

Lincoln: FWP removed a young black bear last week that had been entering garages and getting into garbage.

Anaconda/Georgetown Lake/Phillipsburg: Black bear reports have increased in these areas in the last week. Bears are getting into chicken feed, dog food, garbage and apple trees. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner. This includes securing garbage until the day of pickup or until you can remove it from the site, picking fruit and bringing livestock feed into a secure building. There is more information on our website about securing your attractants.

O’Brien Creek: Two different black bears have been seen in apple trees. Please pick fruit.

Maclay Flat Nature Trail: Hikers continue to see bears near the trail.


September 14, 2015

BLACK BEAR

Rattlesnake: FWP captured a large adult male black bear off of a roof in the Rattlesnake. The bear had initially entered the home through an open garage and from there he used a skylight to get to the roof. This bear was relocated. There is also a bear entering garages in the upper Rattlesnake. FWP is attempting to trap this bear. Please remember to close garage doors even when you are home. FWP is also closely monitoring a bear that is high in a tree in the lower Rattlesnake. Multiple bears, including females with young have been seen in the central portions of the Rattlesnake, including multiple sightings in Greenough Park and Bugbee. The bears are near homes looking for remaining apples. Please pick your domestic fruit. FWP  posted signs today along all of the trails including Greenough and Bugbee. These signs say “Warning multiple black bears are feeding on berries and apples along the trail systems, if you recreate in this area expect contact with bears and carry bear spray.” Everyone in the Rattlesnake should contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the day of pick up, pick fruit and bring in bird feeders.

Bitterroot: There have been numerous reports of bears in garbage, particularly at sites where garbage is left out all week at the end of roads. FWP has fielded multiple calls from parents concerned because these sites are near school bus stops.

Hwy 200 near Blackfoot Tavern: A black bear female with two cubs was hit on the highway.

East Missoula: A female black bear with two cubs was seen in a tree all day yesterday. Another lone bear was in a dumpster between E. Missoula and Bonner. FWP is working with the community to secure this dumpster.

Turah: There have been reports of bears getting into unsecured garbage.

Petty Creek: A female black bear with cubs killed chickens and turkeys. FWP is monitoring this situation and has advised the homeowner to erect electric fence.

Superior: Three different black bears have been coming into a residential area for apples and pears. Please pick fruit.

Darby: Bears are frequently being seen feeding on apples.

Ninemile: Bear conflicts have been relatively quiet in the area. However, recently there have been a couple of reports of black bears getting into garbage. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

Pinesdale: A female black bear was involved in a confrontation with a dog over a deer carcass. The bear was killed by the dog owner. FWP attempted but was unable to capture the cubs.  The cubs have since left the area.

Moose Can Gully: Multiple black bears have been seen during the days in trees and at night are coming down for apples and garbage in residential areas.

Frenchtown School: The lower playground continues to be closed because of black bears feeding on natural food resources near the slough.

Lolo: A black bear was seen feeding on a road killed deer.

Lubrecht: Bears have been seen feeding on natural food resources.

MOOSE

Victor: A man was walking with his dog and shot a moose in self defense. Pet owners should stay alert for moose activity and keep pets restrained.


September 10, 2015

BLACK BEAR

Oral Zumwalt/Miller Creek: A black bear has been seen feeding on apples and hawthorn.

Rattlesnake: A female black bear with three cubs is still being seen in the middle Rattlesnake neighborhoods. FWP is monitoring her movements and may have to relocate her. There are also several lone bears being seen throughout the Rattlesnake neighborhoods, including Pineview, Tom Green and Greenough Parks. Most of these bears are feeding on apples; however, crab apples and mountain ash are also attractive to bears. Tickets are being issued for garbage left out all week and accessed by bears. Please bring in all birdfeeders.

Bitterroot: There have been multiple reports of bear activity in garbage left out all week near school bus stops. Residents have expressed interest in finding bear-resistant solutions to the garbage issue. Pinesdale north of Hamilton: There have been multiple reports of black bear activity in the area. One incident involved a bowhunter that had his deer taken by a female with two cubs at his home.

South Hills: Black bears continue to get into uncontained garbage and are being seen in apple trees. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pick up and pick fruit trees. Much of the upper South Hills is within Missoula’s Bear Buffer Zone and tickets will be issued for garbage left out and accessed by bears.

Clinton: There is black bear activity in the area. Most of the reports are bears in apples; however, there have been some reports of bears in garbage.

West Mullan/Grass Valley: There have been reports of black bears in the area.

Double Arrow/Seeley Lake: Bears have been observed near homes.


September 9, 2015

REGION WIDE: Bears are frequently being seen in hawthorn and other natural berries right now. There are often multiple bears in one area. If you are out in bear country carry bear spray and know how to use it. Pay attention to your surroundings and watch for bear sign. Dog owners should be aware that dogs can aggravate bears and should be kept close or on a leash.

BLACK BEAR

Moose Can Gully: FWP has received a lot of reports of black bears feeding on hawthorn in gullies off of Mount Dean Stone. FWP estimates that there are at least 4 different bears in the Moose Can Gully area. Walkers should remember that dogs can bring bears back to their owners so please be aware of that when walking your dogs in the area.

South Hills: Black bears continue to get into uncontained garbage and are being seen in apple trees. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pick up and pick fruit trees. Much of the upper South Hills is within Missoula’s Bear Buffer Zone and tickets will be issued for garbage left out and accessed by bears.

Rattlesnake: FWP is monitoring reports of a potentially orphaned black bear cub seen in the Rattlesnake. It is possible the mother will return. There are increasing reports of bears getting into uncontained garbage and tickets will be issued under the Missoula Ordinance. Black bears have been seen in apple trees around the valley as well as in both Tom Green and Greenough park. A bear entered a garage near Pineview Park. FWP is monitoring.

Sweeney Creek: A person hiking with their dog happened upon a female black bear with cubs. The dog ran back to its owner and the female followed the dog. The owner shot into the air and scared the bear away.

Ovando: A person was out with their dog and startled a female black bear with young. The bear came out of the brush and the person fired off a shot and the bear moved off.


September 8, 2015

MOUNTAIN LION

Bear Creek: A female sub-adult lion was seen hanging out near a residence while children were in the yard. The lion would not move out of the area so FWP made the decision to remove her.

Placid Lake: Two mountain lions killed two fawns in a residential area. The lions have left the area.

Lolo: A lion is suspected of killing free ranging turkeys and chickens. FWP is monitoring.

Linda Vista Golf Course: A report came in of a deer killed by a mountain lion. FWP investigated and determined that this deer was killed by a car and was being fed on by foxes.


GRIZZLY BEAR

Ovando: A grizzly was seen near cows and calves feeding in a creep feeder. FWP is monitoring.


BLACK BEAR

HWY 93 South just past Walmart: A black bear was killed on the highway.

I-90: Two black bears were killed near the Turah off ramp this weekend in two separate incidents. Another black bear was hit and killed on I-90 just west of Missoula.

Miller Creek/Cold Springs Area: The black bear that was captured last week near the Cold Springs school was relocated up in the Blackfoot.

Rattlesnake Recreation Area: People reported seeing 5 bears near the trailhead this weekend. Closures are still in effect while bears continue to feed on natural food resources near trails.

Rattlesnake Residential Area: FWP continues to get reports of bears in fruit trees and garbage. Please contain your garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

South Hills: There have been numerous reports of bears in apples and garbage. FWP approached a property management company and requested that they contain their garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

Grant Creek: There have been multiple reports of black bears in apples and feeding on natural foods.

Bitterroot: There are multiple locations in the Bitterroot where garbage is being left out all week at the end of roads. FWP has received reports of black bears in these garbage containers. Citizens have raised concerns since some of these sites are near school bus stops.

Rock Creek: A female black bear with two cubs has been feeding on apples. FWP is monitoring.

Riverbend upstream from Bonner: A female black bear with two cubs has been seen feeding on apples.

Seeley Lake: Black bears continue to get into garbage. There was also a report of a black bear that approached people while they were grilling. When the people moved away from the grill the bear tipped over the grill. FWP is monitoring this situation.

Florence: Black bears have been getting into garbage and apples throughout the area. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner and pick fruit.

DeBorgia: A black bear was reported testing doors at a residence and attempted to pull off an air conditioner that was in a window at the home. FWP is monitoring.


September 4, 2015

BLACK BEAR

West Fork Bitterroot: Black bears have been getting into garbage. FWP is working with residents to find a bear-resistant solution for their garbage issue.

Blue Mountain: There was a report of a black bear on the disc golf course and another report of a black bear off of road 365 near the trailhead. It is unknown if these sightings were of the same bear or different bears.

Miller Creek: The bear that was in the tree the last couple of days has left the tree and moved on. A different bear showed up 2 blocks from Cold Springs school this morning. FWP responded and was able to capture the female bear. They plan to relocate this bear after holding it today to make sure she didn’t have any cubs in the area.

Rattlesnake: There continue to be sightings of bears in the neighborhoods. Multiple people saw a black bear in Greenough Park. Another black bear was seen near the Rattlesnake school. FWP continues to monitor black bear activity in the Rattlesnake.

Haugan: FWP had set a trap for a black bear that was repeatedly getting into garbage in the area. A female with cubs was captured and will be relocated.

Seeley Lake: Bears continue to find unsecured garbage in the town of Seeley Lake. A big thank you to the Seeley Lake elementary school for storing their garbage in a bear-resistant manner.


September 3, 2015

BLACK BEAR

Frenchtown: FWP trapped and will relocate a small yearling black bear out of Frenchtown.

Miller Creek: The black bear that was seen in the tree yesterday unfortunately stayed in the tree last night. FWP is now watching this bear closely.

Upper South Hills: Numerous bears have been seen in apple trees and getting into garbage.

Upper Grant Creek: Bears are feeding on an abundance of hawthorn, chokecherry and  kinnikinnick. FWP is monitoring.

Rattlesnake: Bears continue to be seen throughout the Rattlesnake feeding on apples.

Rock Creek: FWP has received reports of bears in apples including a female with cubs and multiple lone bears.

Seeley Lake: Black bears continue to find uncontained garbage near town. Please contain garbage in a bear resistant manner.

Woodworth: A black bear has been seen near homes feeding on a heavy hawthorn crop in the area.

North of Clearwater Junction: A black bear got into a bee yard that had an electric fence. Unfortunately the electric fence  was malfunctioning at the time.


September 2, 2015

BLACK BEAR

Lolo: There are multiple bears in and around the town of Lolo. FWP trapped a black bear this morning. Before setting the trap FWP had insisted that the homeowner clean up the birdseed and remove the bird feeders which the homeowner did. However, the bear returned and stayed around. When FWP trapped this bear they determined it was a previously relocated bear with a history of conflict. FWP euthanized this bear.

Lolo Hot Springs Area: FWP is responding to multiple calls from the area of bears in garbage. FWP is working with the individuals to contain garbage, remove bird feeders and salt licks.

Miller Creek: A bear was seen in a tree during morning rush hour. Multiple bears have been seen in fruit trees and have damaged fruit trees. Please pick all apples and other domestic fruits and bring in bird feeders. Garbage should be stored in a bear-resistant manner.  There are some resources available if you need assistance picking your fruit.

South Hills: There continue to be multiple bears in the upper neighborhoods of the South Hills eating apples and getting into uncontained garbage. FWP will begin patrols of the area on non garbage pickup days in an effort to assist Animal Control with enforcement of the Missoula Ordinance. If garbage is left out and accessed by bears a ticket can be issued.

Bitterroot: FWP has taken multiple calls about bears in apples and garbage. Please contain your garbage in a bear-resistant manner. A black bear has been entering a pig pen and eating the pig food. FWP recommended an electric fence.

Seeley Lake: FWP is investigating an incident involving a black bear that had to be euthanized due to injuries. There are still 4-5 black bears in the area with multiple reports of bears getting into garbage and birdf eeders. Please bring in bird feeders and contain all garbage in a bear resistant manner.

Alberton: An adult male black bear was killed on I-90 near Alberton.

St. Regis: An adult male black bear was killed on I-90 near St. Regis.

Rattlesnake: CAUTION – There are multiple black bears, including females with cubs, on or near the Rattlesnake Recreation Area main trail feeding on hawthorn, chokecherry, red-osier dogwood. Last night FWP and Missoula police responded to an incident where hikers encountered multiple bears on the trail.  If you recreate here be prepared to encounter multiple bears and carry bear spray. Several people have reported brown-phase black bears as grizzlies FWP has confirmed these were all black bears.

Frenchtown: There have been multiple calls about bears getting into garbage. Contain all attractants.

Alberton:  There have been reports of bears in apple trees and garbage. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner and pick remaining fruit.


September 1, 2015

BLACK BEAR

Lincoln: FWP is actively trying to trap bears that have been breaking into sheds for garbage. Please store garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup or until you can take the garbage to the dump.

Seeley Lake: A black bear was hit and killed on the highway. There have been multiple reports of black bears getting into garbage around town. FWP bear managers are working with the wardens to issue tickets for those leaving garbage out and accessible to bears. If you do not have garbage service with Republic Services there are still nine bear resistant garbage containers available for free checkout at the Seeley Lake Refuse District: call (406) 677-3809 for information. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner and bring in bird feeders.

Bonner: A black bear was hit and killed on the highway.

Rattlesnake: HIGH ALERT – There are numerous bears in the Rattlesnake neighborhoods. This includes multiple females with cubs. The bears are in the valley for the plentiful domestic fruit that is available. A bear has gotten into garbage in the Upper Rattlesnake. FWP is monitoring this situation. Secure garbage in a bear-resistant manner, bring in bird feeders and pick fruit. Here are some resources if you need help picking your fruit.

South Hills: There are multiple bears in the upper neighborhoods of the South Hills eating apples and getting into uncontained garbage. FWP will begin patrols of the area on non garbage pickup days in an effort to assist Animal Control with enforcement of the Missoula Ordinance. If garbage is left out and accessed by bears a ticket can be issued.

Lolo: There are at least three different bears on the edges of town eating apples and there have been some incidents with uncontained garbage and bird feeders. Please bring in bird feeders and contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner. In the Lolo Hot Springs area bears have been getting into garbage. FWP is working with the local residents to find a solution to the garbage issue.

Hamilton: There have been multiple reports of bears in apples and garbage. In addition a bear got into chickens in the Roaring Lion area. When installed correctly electric fence is an effective tool for keeping bears out of chickens and other attractants.

Florence: There have been multiple reports of bears in apples and garbage. Please bring in bird feeders and store garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

MOUNTAIN LION

Rattlesnake: FWP is monitoring a report of a mountain lion seen near Bugbee.

Marshall Canyon: A mountain lion was seen near homes.