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Hunters, Be Prepared for Bears
by Montana FWP, Vivaca Crowser
October 29, 2013
With big game rifle season underway, think ahead about what to do if you encounter a bear and carry your bear spray. Read the press release here.

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Face to face with a grizzly
By Gib Mathers
June 18, 2013
Powell man protects his dog from large bruin, thanks to bear spray
An unexpected encounter with a grizzly on the North Fork ended without injury for a Powell man and his dog, thanks to the use of bear spray. Click on the link above to read the entire news story.

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Hey Missoula!

Here is an interesting update about one grizzly bear's movements! Critters that are secretive by nature can be close by and we may never know they were there. That helps explain how a young female grizzly was able to leave the Mission Valley for a five-day hike through the hills north of Missoula in October 2011 without any reports that she had been in the area. Based on GPS data from the bear's radio collar, she appears to have used one of the new wildlife crossing structures on Highway 93 north of Evaro Hill before following the powerline over Finley Peak, traveling up the old Grant Creek Trail into the Rattlesnake, over the Elk Meadows Pass to the North Fork of Gold Creek and on to the Placid Lake area. This is the first verified grizzly bear recorded in the Missoula Valley since an observation back in the 1950's, said Jamie Jonkel, Region 2 bear management specialist for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

For those of us who live in the hills north of Missoula, it's important that we continue figuring out how to live with the black bears near our homes. If we are successful living with black bears, we will be ready for the much tougher challenges when grizzlies show up to stay.

-Bert Lindler, Friends of Grant Creek

For more information about this grizzlies travel routes or questions regarding this bear contact James Jonkel, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, 406-542-5500

Valley Cats: FWP researchers collecting DNA samples from Bitterroot mountain lions
By Perry Backus of the Ravalli Republic
February 11, 2013

HAMILTON- Ben Jimenez has seen more mountain lions in the past couple of months than most people see in a lifetime. The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks research technician has been working closely with the four crews of houndsmen hired to complete a population study this winter on mountain lions in the southern reaches of the Bitterroot Valley. (Click on the link above to read the entire news story)

Radio collar confirms griz on Missoula fringe for 1st time
By Rob Chaney of the Missoulian
January 24, 2013

MISSOULA- A grizzly bear has ambled across the southern border of the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem and onto Missoula's urban fringe. (Click on the link above to read the entire news story)

FWP traps, euthanizes 5 black bears near Heron
KPAX/KAJ Media Center
September 26, 2012

KALISPELL- State wildlife officials have caught and euthanized five black bears near Heron over the past few days. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks describes the animals as being "food-conditioned black bears" that were put down "in response to what appears to be an illegal bear feeding issue," according to a news release. (Click on the link above to read the entire news story)

NEWS RELEASE: Grizzly Captured near Whitefish and Euthanized
Fish & Wildlife - Region 1
Thursday, September 6, 2012

On Wednesday September 5, FWP personnel captured a subadult male grizzly bear along the Stillwater River, southwest of Whitefish near the KM Ranch Road. (Click on the above link to read the entire post from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks)

NEWS RELEASE: Camping in Bear Country
US Forest Service
May 30, 2012

Dillon, Mont., May 30, 2012—The unusually pleasant weather we've had this year has been enjoyed by not only our human neighbors, but also the black bears and grizzly bears that inhabit Southwest Montana. Bears took advantage of the early spring and summer weather to get a head start on feeding and will be in motion until late fall. While you're out recreating in the forest this year, always be bear aware! (Click on the link above to read the entire news release)

Black bear put down, Russell Gates campground reopens
KXLH.com
August 15, 2012

Montana wildlife officials have reopened the Russell Gates campground along Montana Highway 200 near Clearwater Junction after a problem black bear was put down on Wednesday morning. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

Russell Gates campground temporarily closed
Associated Press - NBC Montana
August 14, 2012

Missoula County - The following is a press release from FWP:
Intensifying activities of a habituated black bear have prompted the immediate temporary closure of the campground at Russell Gates fishing access site along the Blackfoot River. (Click on the above link to read the entire story on NBC Montana's website)

FWP Urges Public to Report Lion Activity Around Seeley Lake
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Press Release
August 7, 2012

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) asks the public to immediately phone Bob Wiesner (240-3296) or Jay Kolbe (210-9830), day or night, if any mountain lion activity is seen around Seeley Lake. (Click on the link above to read the entire press release)

Mountain lion stalks campers at Blackfoot Valley lake
By Gwen Florio of the Missoulian
July 27, 2012

Mother and child acted on instinct when they spotted the mountain lion in the Harpers Lake Fishing Access Site campground. Luckily, the lion didn't. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

Backyard Chickens - Irresistible to Bears?
By Deborah Courson Smith, Public News Service - ID
July 16, 2012

DRIGGS, Idaho - Free, fast food is an irresistible lure for bears, and education campaigns have long been in place in Idaho to encourage people to keep trash, and even bird feeders, away from bears. But the rise in backyard chicken-keeping offers bears a new attraction: chickens. (Click on the link above to read the entire news story)

Bears' Taste for Chicken Sets Up Collision Course
By Felicity Barringer of the New York Times
July 6, 2012

WEST GLACIER, Mont. — Longing for fresh eggs, Levi and Nauni Griffith began raising chickens in their backyard. They started with a few, and eventually had 116. Until late last summer, that is, when a grizzly sow and her cub, filling the night with fearful growling, got in among the shrieking chickens and then lumbered off, leaving bits of 99 birds behind. (Read more by clicking on the link above)

Grizzly killed in crash north of St. Ignatius
By Vince Devlin of the Missoulian
May 18, 2012

ST. IGNATIUS – Cameras have recorded a grizzly bear making use of one of the wildlife crossings underneath U.S. Highway 93 in this area for two years. (Read more by clicking on the link above)

Grizzly bear trapping to begin near Yellowstone National Park
Associated Press - Missoulian
April 17, 2012

CODY, Wyo. — Scientists will begin trapping grizzly bears south of Meeteetse as part of an ongoing study of the bears across the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. (To read more click on the link above)

New bear-resistant trash cans available on Flathead Reservation
By Vince Devlin of the Missoulian
April 12, 2012

RONAN – Bill Foust admits it took him a little while to figure out how – with his hands full, anyway – to open the lid on his trash cans. Bears still haven't mastered it. (Read more by clicking on the link above)

Grizzly bears beginning to stir east of Yellowstone Park
By Martin Kidston of the Billings Gazette
March 2, 2012

WAPITI, Wyo. -- Reports of grizzly bear sightings at lower elevations east of Yellowstone National Park have begun to trickle in to wildlife officials, and food storage regulations on several national forests went into effect on Thursday. (Click on the link above to read the entire news story)

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Officials debate way forward on grizzly bear management
By Rob Chaney of the Missoulian
December 4, 2011

As the Rocky Mountain grizzly bear population grows, its managers have encountered something of a vision problem: They're not sure what success looks like. (Click on the link above to read the entire news story)

Record 44 grizzly bears captured this year in Northern Continental Divide
By Tristan Scott of the Missoulian
November 29, 2011

KALISPELL, Mont. -- The number of grizzly bears captured in Montana's Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem set records this year, prompting discussions among state wildlife officials about a new era in grizzly bear management. (Click on the link above to read the entire news story)

Zoo euthanizes grizzly bear ill with infection
By Sara Plummer, World Staff Writer
October 20, 2011

One of the Tulsa Zoo's newest grizzly bears, 2-yea rold Monty, has been euthanized after he contracted an aggressive fungal infection. (Click on the link above to read the entire story)

Hunters cited for killing black bear with bow on South Third Avenue
By Ben Pierce of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle
November 8, 2011

Two hunters have been cited with multiple hunting violations for killing a black bear with a bow on South Third Avenue early Sunday morning. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks game warden Jen Williams said a resident reported the incident to the Bozeman Police Department between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. FWP officials were later called to the scene. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

After attacks, a renewed focus on bear safety
By Matthew Brown of the Associated Press - Missoulian
October 30, 2011

BILLINGS - Wildlife agencies in the Northern Rockies go to lengths to warn people of the dangers of grizzly country - from signs advising hikers to carry Mace-like bear spray to radio ads that warn hunters to take care when stalking elk in bear habitat. (Click on the link above to read the enitre news story)

9 Grizzly Bears Relocated in 2 Weeks in NW Montana
By the Associated Press - Missoulian

October 28, 2011

HELENA, Mont. -- Montana wildlife officials say biologists have captured and relocated nine grizzly bears in northwestern Montana over the past two weeks. (Click on the link above to read the entire news story)

Trail closed where Kalispell hunter was attacked by grizzly bear
By the Associated Press - Missoulian
October 25, 2011

GREAT FALLS - The U.S. Forest Service has closed a two-mile section of trail in the Lewis and Clark National Forest southwest of East Glacier after a grizzly bear attacked an elk hunter over the weekend. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

Grizzly killed after charging Kalispell elk hunters
By the Missoulian
October 23, 2011

An adult female grizzly bear was shot and killed Saturday after charging a pair of Kalispell elk hunters and injuring one of them near the Continental Divide about four miles south of Marias Pass on U.S. Highway 2, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

Bowhunter seriously injured after poking dead bear on live wire
By the Associated Press - Missoulian
October 11, 2011

Authorities say a bowhunter suffered serious injuries from electric shock when he poked a dead bear lying on live wires. (Click on the link above to read the entire story)

Hunters, Be Prepared for Bears
FWP Press Release
October 6, 2011

With some hunting seasons already underway and big game rifle season just around the corner, hunters are reminded that bears are still out and active throughout the fall. Hunters should think ahead about what they would do in an encounter with a bear and carry and know how to use bear spray. (Click on the link above to read the entire press release)

Grizzly bears moving out of high country, into town
By Rob Chaney of the Missoulian
October 2, 2011

Like a bucket filled beyond its brim, Montana's wild spaces are spilling grizzly bears. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

Flying south? Black bear nabbed after trying to come inside Missoula airport
By Kim Briggeman of the Missoulian
September 29, 2011

A black bear that came knocking forcefully at Missoula International Airport doors early Wednesday was treed, tranquilized and removed to a more ursine-friendly environment. (Click on the link above to read the entire news story)

Grizzly bear captured near Deer Lodge dies
Missoulian
September 28, 2011

A 2-year-old male grizzly bear captured just east of Deer Lodge on Sunday died Tuesday from complications from the immobilization medications given to the bear. (To read more click on the link above)

Homeowner shoots black bear in Billings subdivision
By the Associated Press - Missoulian
September 26, 2011

A homeowner in a subdivision near Billings says he shot and wounded a black bear that had frequented his and his neighbors' property. (Click on the link above to read the entire news story)

Grizzly study planned for Idaho and Montana
By the Associated Press - Missoulian
September 25, 2011

Researchers are planning to collect grizzly bear fur samples snagged on barbed wire as part of a three-year study in northerin Idaho and northwestern Montana. (Click on the link above to read the entire news study)

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In the grizzlies' home, humans are being taught how to share
By Kim Murphy, LA Times
September 14, 2011

There's been lots of buzz about the Idaho man who was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine this month for shooting a young grizzly bear that was climbing into the pig pen behind his house. The man said he was afraid that his children, who had been playing nearby, might be in danger. (Click on the link above to read the entire news story)

Bear, chicken conflicts on the rise; landowners advised to protect their poultry
By Tristan Scott of the Missoulian
September 4, 2011

WHITEFISH - More grizzly bears are keying in on unprotected chicken coops in western Montana, with increasingly deadly consequences - both for the bears and the pilfered poultry. (Click on the link above to read the entire news story)

Black bear nabbed near Higgins Avenue
By Jenna Cederberg of the Missoulian
September 8, 2011

A small black bear that took refuge in the backyard of a Plymouth Street home Thursday has been captured and removed. (Click on the link above to read the entire news story)

Yellowstone National Park News Release: Identity of Dead Hiker Released
National Park Service
August 29, 2011

A 59-year old man was identified as the hike found dead on a trail in Yellowstone National Park on Friday. (Click on the above link to read entire press release)

Hiker attacked by grizzly bear in Glacier National Park
By the Missoulian
August 6, 2011

A grizzly bear attacked a hiker at about noon Friday on a backcountry trail in Glacier National Park. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

Jogger Injured by Black Bear in Crazy Canyon
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Press Release
July 29, 2011

A Missoula woman was injured Friday morning when she surprised a female black bear with two cubs on the Crazy Canyon Trail on the east side of Missoula. (Click on the above link to access press release)

Mountain Lions Feeding on Farm Animals in Superior
By Emily Adamson - KECI.com

July 27, 2011
Residents in one Superior neighborhood had problems with mountain lions last year. They say this year the problem is worse.

2-year-old grizzly bear found dead near Charlo
By the Associated Press - Missoulian
July 30, 2011

PABLO - Wildlife officials are investigating after a 2-year-old grizzly bear was found dead in the Charlo area. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

Black bear snatches hiker's backpack at Rattlesnake trailhead
By Lindsey Galipeau for the Missoulian

July 29, 2011
A sub-adult black bear took a hiker's backpack at the main Rattlesnake trailhead Wednesday morning. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

Black Bear Snatches Backpack at Rattlesnake Trailhead
By Lindsey Galipeau for the Missoulian
June 29, 2011

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks received a report today of a sub-adult black bear that visited Missoula's main Rattlesnake trailhead and took a hiker's backpack that was lying on the ground near the trailhead sign. CLICK HERE for entire story from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

Two Grizzly Bears Captured Near Coram
By The Associated Press -- Article on Helena Independent Record
May 26, 2011

KALISPELL, Mont. -- The state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks says two yearling grizzly bears were captured in the Coram area after getting into dog food, chicken feed and bird seed. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

Wildlife Wardens Ask For Information On Dead Bear
By Jessica Headley -- Article on KECI.com

May 25, 2011
KALISPELL, Mont. -- Fish, Wildlife, and Parks is asking for the public's help for information regarding a dead grizzly bear. Two hunters reported a shot grizzly bear they found last Saturday on the east side of the Hungry Horse Reservoir. Wardens say a reward is available for information leading to the culprit. Contact the Kalispell office of FWP at 406-752-5501, the Missoula office at 406-329-3000, or 1-800-TIP-MONT.

Grizzly Shot, Killed Near East Glacier
By The Associated Press - Billings Gazette

May 20, 2011
HELENA, Mont. -- Authorities are investigating the death of a grizzly sow whose shot carcass was found on a river bottom near East Glacier. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

Missoula man shoots sow grizzly at Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area
By Rob Chaney of the Missoulian
May 17, 2011

HELENA, Mont. -- Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks bear managers meet every year in mid-March to prepare for the state's bears to emerge from hibernation.(Click on the above link to read the entire story)

Bear encounters ramp up; Missoula to enforce garbage rule
By Rob Chaney of the Missoulian
March 23, 2011

Montana bear managers were waiting for April 1 to start warning people about securing their garbage and birdfeeders, but the bears beat them to the buzzer.
(Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

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Montana FWP releases spring bear report
By Diane Tipton, MT FWP Statewide Info. Officer
March 18, 2011

HELENA- Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks bear managers meet every year in mid-March to prepare for the state's bears to emerge from hibernation. About the same time, male grizzly bears are already stirring and that is why April 1st is the target date FWP bear managers recommend for bringing in winter bird feeders and seed, cleaning yards and collecting and disposing of bear attractants that have accumulated over winter. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

'Nuisance' grizzly bears find a home at the Tulsa Zoo
By Sara Plummer, World Staff writer

March 16, 2011
The exhibit that once housed the Tulsa Zoo's Kodiak bear is again occupied, this time by a grizzly bear and her cub. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

Bears Waking from Winter Nap
By The Associated Press
March 7, 2011

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - You wouldn't know it from the deep snowpack covering the park. But it appears some of Yellowstone's bears believe winter is drawing to a close. On Tuesday, park employees observed grizzly bear tracks on Mary Mountain. Bears begin looking for food soon after they emerge from their dens. They are attracted to elk and bison that have died during the winter. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

Yellowstone Discovery Center bears put bins to test
By Rob Chaney of the Missoulian
February 6, 2011

A few months ago, welding students at the Anaconda Job Corps Center had the ultimate excuse for blowing a test: A bear ate their homework. Last week, however, they passed. Their homework beat the bears. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

Bear biologist: Trail runners new at-risk group in grizzly habitat
By Rob Chaney of the Missoulian
January 21, 2011

Of all possible threats to grizzly bear survival, long-distance joggers on mountain trails aren't high on the list. But the reverse isn't true, according to Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee adviser Chris Servheen. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

FWP, MDT land swap along Hwy 83 aims to help drivers, wildlife
By Rob Chaney of the Missoulian
January 21, 2011

A proposed land swap between Clearwater Junction and Placid Lake could make travel safer for both motorists and wildlife. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

Wildlife: City may zap bears
By Jessica Mayrer of the Missoula Independent
November 4, 2010

Correction: 11 bears were relocated from the Rattlesnake and 1 was euthanized. 3 bears were relocated from West Riverside and 2 were euthanized.

Local bears faced with a weak berry crop have been especially aggressive in Missoula this fall, snacking in gardens, sifting through garbage cans and, at times, even attempting to enter homes in search of food. To help curb this dangerous behavior, Missoula City Councilwoman Pam Walzer last week proposed legalizing electric fences capable of keeping bears away from residential properties within city limits. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

Missoula garbage service to offer bear-proof cans for rent
By Rob Chaney of the Missoulian
October 15, 2010

A new shipment of extra-tough garbage containers could help discourage trash-hunting bears on Missoula's urban fringe. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

City Urges Residents: Do your part to keep bears wild and people safe
City of Missoula Press Release
October 11, 2010

The city of MIssoula urges residents to contain their garbage and other attractants to keep bears from seeking human food in Missoula's neighborhoods. The result of habituating bears to finding human food rewards is often the deaths of bears and potentially dangerous human-bear interactions. (Click on the above link to read the entire press release)

Grizzly bears transplanted to Cabinet Mountains return to Whitefish area
By Michael Jamison of the Missoulian
August 20, 2010

WHITEFISH - Forget Capistrano's swallows. Pay no attention to those salmon returning home from the ocean. Monarch butterflies? Yeah, right. When it comes to the mystery of migration, those critters have got nothing on a pair of Montana grizzly bears born and raised north of Whitefish. (Click on the above link to read the entire news store)

FWP to trap, kill troublesome bears in Rattlesnake, Grant Creek
By Chelsi Moy of the Missoulian
August 7, 2010

Two black bears that have been digging in garbage cans and trying to pry open garage doors in several Missoula neighborhoods will be trapped and likely killed, a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks official said Friday. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

Chicken coops around western Montana attracting more bears to town
By Keila Szpaller of the Missoulian
July 01, 2010

Urban chickens and their country cousins are running into some beary hairy problems this year. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

Five Northwest Montana Bears Moved
By Amanda Huff for KPAX

June 3, 2010
State wildlife officials report that five grizzlies have been captured and moved in the Flathead. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

Oil wells may threaten grizzly habitat
By Chris Peterson / Hungry Horse News
May 6, 2010
The Blackfeet Reservation could see as many as 70 new oil wells not far from Glacier National Park, grizzly managers learned last week. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

Mat-Su 'bear man' pleads guilty to charges of feeding game
By James Halpin for Anchorage Daily News
April 6, 2010

After nearly a year of legal wrangling, Charlie Vandergaw, who for 20 years fed and coexisted with the bears at his Mat-Su cabin, has pleaded guilty to eight counts of intentionally feeding game, according to the state Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals. (Click on the above link to read the entire news story)

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