September 2016

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September 28, 2016

BLACK BEAR

Region-wide: Bears are keying into domestic fruit across the region. If you consistently have bear activity in your trees and cannot or do not use the fruit there are a number of resources available. Another option is removing the tree and replacing it with another local tree species that does not attract bears.

South Hills: Residents in all the major drainages (like Moose Can Gully) below Mt Dean Stone are reporting black bears getting into domestic fruit trees. Please pick all fruit. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner and bring in bird feeders.

Frenchtown: There have been multiple reports of bears getting into garbage in the Frenchtown area. Contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Ovando: The homeowner picked all the apples at a site where a grizzly bear had come into feed on apples. FWP is monitoring this site and encouraging the homeowner to install electric fencing. The grizzly bear had not returned to the site.


September 27, 2016

Darby: There are multiple black bears getting into uncontained garbage. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup.

Rattlesnake: Residents continue to see bears and signs of bear activity. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner. Bring in bird feeders, pick fruit trees and make sure garage doors are closed. Bears are in hyperphagia which means they are looking for as much food as possible to gain as much weight as possible before entering their winter dens.


September 26, 2016

BLACK BEAR

Rattlesnake: There have been multiple black bear sighting and bears getting into garbage and domestic fruit throughout the Rattlesnake neighborhoods. A bear got into a broken bear-resistant garbage dumpster at Pineview Park and a person walking on the trail behind the dumpster saw a black bear on the trail yesterday. FWP notified Missoula Parks and Recreation about the state of this dumpster. In the Lincoln Hills trail area a female black bear with cubs was seen by hikers and bikers and she was acting defensive, huffing and puffing. FWP went up to see if there was a carcass in the area but the bear had moved on. FWP will continue to monitor this activity. Please be bear aware and carry bear spray if using these areas for recreation or to get to school. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner and pick fruit as soon as possible.

Grant Creek: There have been multiple reports of bears getting into garbage and domestic fruit. Please contain all attractants.

South Hills: There have been multiple reports of bears getting into garbage and domestic fruit. Please contain all attractants.

Bearmouth rest stop: FWP worked with Montana Department of Transportation when a black bear started getting into garbage at the rest stop. FWP trapped and relocated the black bear.

Seeley Lake: A black bear broke into a car after receiving multiple food rewards from coolers left out at a resort. FWP is trapping for this bear. The resort is working on containing all attractants. There have also been multiple bears getting into garbage in the community. Store all garbage in a bear-resistant manner.

Beavertail Hill: FWP trapped and relocated a family group of black bears that had broken into a shed for beehives that were stored there. The homeowner is working on installing an electric fence.

Deborgia: A black bear was trapped and relocated after getting into uncontained garbage. There continue to be multiple reports of bears in garbage in the area. Contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner.

Ninemile: A black bear got in a chicken coop. FWP encouraged the homeowners to install bear-resistant electric fencing. Another black bear got into uncontained garbage and apples in the lower Ninemile area. Please contain all attractants and pick fruit as soon as possible.

GRIZZLY BEARS

Blackfoot and Clearwater drainages: Hunters continue to report grizzly bear activity in these areas. When hunting in bear country be prepared, be aware of surroundings, carry bear spray and know how to use it. For more information on hunting in grizzly country go to FWP’s hunting in grizzly country handout.

Pyramid Pass area: A group of hunters surprised a grizzly bear. They were bluff charged by the bear and then the bear moved on.

Ovando:  A grizzly bear has been seen feeding on domestic apples. FWP is monitoring the situation and working with the landowners.

MOUNTAIN LION

Region-wide: There have been multiple mountain lions reported down low in the green area and in residential areas following the deer populations. This is not uncommon this time of year.

Turah/Clinton: There have been reports of mountain lion activity in the area. A resident did shoot a mountain lion in their backyard as the mountain lion was hunting their house cat. Mountain lions can be attracted to the urine smell of house cats.

Sawmill Gulch/Rattlesnake: A mountain lion was seen by a jogger on the trail. When jogging in bear and lion country please be aware of your surroundings, do not wear headphones and carry bear spray.


September 16, 2016

BLACK BEAR 

Seeley Lake: There have been a number of sightings of multiple bears in garbage. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup or until you can take it to the transfer site. FWP is monitoring this situation.

Grant Creek: A female black bear with cubs got into several garbage containers in lower Grant Creek. Garbage is being left out all week. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup and bring in all bird feeders.

Rattlesnake: Multiple black bears have been getting into garbage in the area. Garbage is being left out all week in various spots in the Upper Rattlesnake. Bears are also finding lots of bird feeders and there have been occasions where bears are starting to come onto porches. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner, bring in bird feeders and pick all domestic fruit as soon as possible.

Neighborhood North of Airway Blvd: A couple of black bears have been seen eating natural berries and domestic apples. Please pick all domestic fruit as soon as possible.

South Hills-Moose Can Gully: A black bear has been seen in the area feeding on apples. FWP is monitoring this activity.

Butler Creek: A black bear has been seen near homes. Please contain all attractants.

I-90: A black bear was hit and killed on the highway near Bearmouth.

Deborgia: A black bear killed chickens. FWP installed temporary electric fencing and is monitoring the situation.

Ninemile: A black bear got into chickens. Electric fencing can be an effective way to prevent bears from accessing chicken coops.


September 9, 2016

BLACK BEAR 

Beavertail Area: A black bear broke into a beeyard causing damage. FWP is working with the landowners to fix their electric fence.

GRIZZLY BEAR

Seeley Lake: A bear was seen near Seeley Lake High school by a student. It is possible that this was a grizzly bear. FWP is now patrolling the area and advises people traveling through the area to be aware of bear activity. Bears are likely feeding on berries such as hawthorn, found in the area.

MOUNTAIN LION

South Hills-Moose Can Gully: A mountain lion was seen in the area. FWP is monitoring.


September 8, 2016

GRIZZLY BEARS

FWP has fielded multiple unverified reports of grizzly bears in the Boulder Mountains, Pioneers, Sapphires, and Flint Range as well as a handful of reports that have been verified. Keep in mind as hunting season starts that grizzly bears could be encountered anywhere in Western Montana. Be aware of your surroundings, look for sign that bears are active in the area, and always carry bear spray and know how to use it.

Lincoln: A male grizzly bear was euthanized after the bear broke into and remained near several residences over the past month, in search of food. This bear was first captured in the Boulder area but relocated to Lincoln. There continue to be reports of grizzly bears along the Boulder drainage.

Highway 83 – Condon Area: An adult male grizzly bear was hit and killed on the highway.

BLACK BEARS

Region-wide: There continues to be numerous reports of black bears along river bottoms in Region 2. This is likely due to the abundant chokecherry crop this year. Please carry bear spray when recreating in the outdoors and know how to use it. FWP has also fielded multiple calls from residents that have installed electric fencing to deter bears from attractants that they have seen their electric fencing deter bears. If you want to learn more about installing bear-resistant electric fencing visit our electric fencing information page.

Bitterroot: Black bears are active in the Bitterroot along river bottoms, tributaries and near home sites. Unfortunately, several bears have found birdfeeders and garbage. Please contain garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup and remove bird feeders.

St. Regis / Superior / Lower Clark Fork Area: Black bear activity is high in these areas. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner and take down all bird feeders.

Frenchtown: A black bear killed a chicken in the Frenchtown area. FWP is working with the resident to get electric fencing installed. Some Frenchtown residents have reported seeing bears deterred from their chickens and other attractants because they had installed bear-resistant electric fencing on their properties.

Helmville: A female black bear was hit by a car and killed on highway 141 while trying to feed on an elk carcass. This resulted in two orphaned cubs. One cub was trapped and moved to the rehab center in Helena. FWP is actively trying to catch the second cub. Fall cubs can make it on their own, especially in a year like this with a high yield berry crop.

I90 – Missoula to Drummond: Multiple black bears have been hit and killed by vehicles. They are likely using habitat near the highway due to the very heavy chokecherry crop this year. There have been multiple reports of black bears along the river in this area.

Grant Creek: There are multiple black bears in the area feeding on domestic fruit trees and finding bird feeders and garbage. Keep all garbage stored in a bear-resistant manner and take down bird feeders. Pick fruit as soon as possible. There are resources available if you need assistance with your fruit.

Miller Creek: Black bears are getting into uncontained garbage and bird feeders in the Miller Creek area. Keep garbage stored in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pick up and take down all bird feeders.

Rattlesnake: There are multiple black bears along the drainage feeding on domestic fruit trees. There are reports of several incidents of bears accessing garbage left out the night before garbage pick-up. Store garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pick-up and pick fruit as it ripens. There are a number of resources that can assist you with fruit picking if needed.  In addition we have created a group Facebook page called the Missoula Valley Fruit Exchange to connect those with too much fruit with those that want fruit. You can also contact Garden City Harvest and the Great Bear Foundation. The Peas Farm is taking apples for their pig feed.

Rock Creek: A resident shot and killed a female black bear that entered their house resulting in two orphaned cubs. FWP is attempting to trap these cubs. During this process FWP unintentionally trapped a different black bear. They released this bear in the same area.  Black bear activity is high in the Rock Creek area; again, likely due to the heavy chokecherry crop. Bears are getting into uncontained garbage, bird feeders and entering garages. Please contain all attractants in a bear-resistant manner and close garage doors.

Seeley: Bears are getting into garbage, bird feeders and going onto porches to get garbage. Please contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner and remove bird feeders.

MOUNTAIN LIONS

Region-wide: There have been multiple reports of mountain lions near residences. This is likely due to the mountain lions following elk and deer as they start to move into fall and winter habitat. Please do not feed deer or elk. This can lure predators onto your property and is against the law in Montana.

Bitterroot: A mountain lion killed a deer near homes. FWP has removed the deer carcass and is working with the local landowners to continue to monitor mountain lion activity in the area.


September 1, 2016

BLACK BEAR

Area wide: Domestic fruit is ripe and bears have learned to key into this food resource. Please pick fruit as soon as possible and do not let it collect and rot under the tree. If you need assistance with fruit picking there are resources available. Contact us for more information.

Grant Creek: Black bear activity has been observed near homes. Please contain all attractants.

Rattlesnake: The domestic fruit is ripe in the valleys and sightings of bears in the neighborhood have increased. Black bear/s have been getting into unsecured garbage. Contain all garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup. In addition, keep all garage doors closed. A black bear entered a garage and pulled out garbage. FWP is monitoring the situation.

MOUNTAIN LION

Grant Creek: A mountain lion has been seen in the lower Grant Creek area. No conflicts have been reported at this time. FWP is monitoring the situation.