MISSOULA - State wildlife officials report that they’ve been receiving fewer reports of bears out and about in Western Montana.
Some bears are still active but many have moved towards den sites. Additionally, reports of mountain lion activity typically increases at this time of year, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
FWP also notes it is illegal to provide supplemental feed to deer or elk, bears, mountain lions or wild turkeys.
Black Bear Reports
Rattlesnake: A black bear was still being active in the Rattlesnake as of last week. Black bear tracks were also seen in the Woods Gulch area. There have been reports of corn being placed out in piles. It is against the law to feed deer and elk in Montana. FWP is monitoring and will issue tickets to anyone caught feeding wildlife.
Belmont Creek area: FWP is investigating an incident where a female black bear and cub were shot and killed in the Belmont Creek area. If you have any information please contact 1-800-TIP-MONT.
Lower Nine Mile: Two orphan black bear cubs were getting into birdseed. FWP is monitoring this situation and there have been no reports this week. These cubs are believed to be big enough to den on their own.
Grizzly Bear Reports
Seeley Lake: A deer carcass was removed from a shed in the Seeley Lake area. That bear continued to feed on gut piles over the first two weeks of November. This bear has moved up towards his den.
Blackfoot Valley: Grizzly bears were continuing to feed on agricultural crops through the first couple weeks of November. This activity is beginning to quiet down as bears move to their dens.
Mountain Lion Reports
Ravine Creek/Upper Grant Creek: A family group of mountain lions was seen in the area. No conflicts were reported.
Miller Creek: A mountain lion killed a dog at night in the upper Miller Creek area in November. The mountain lion moved on without further incident.
O’Brien Creek: A deer was killed by a mountain lion in a backyard. The deer has been removed from the area and FWP is going to monitor the situation.