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Bear warning signs posted on Big Butte

Posted at 10:15 AM, Oct 22, 2022

BUTTE — Bear sighting warning signs have been posted on the trails around Big Butte, west of Butte on Saturday morning.

According to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, here are some best practices when recreating where bears are known to be:

"All bears are potentially dangerous. The majority of human-bear conflicts involve bears protecting their young or a food source. The overwhelming majority of bear encounters do not involve conflict."

Avoiding a conflict is easier than dealing with one.

  • Bear spray is a highly effective, non-lethal bear deterrent. Carry EPA-approved bear spray and know how to use it.
  • Never feed wildlife, especially bears. Bears that become food conditioned lose their natural foraging behavior and pose a threat to human safety. And it is illegal to feed bears in Montana.
  • Know your bears. It is important to know the difference between grizzly bears and black bears, whether you are hunting or hiking. 
  • Always keep a safe distance from wildlife. Never intentionally get close to a bear. 
  • Loud noise, such as banging pots and pans, using an air horn or your car alarm, or shouting, is a simple, effective short-term way to deter a bear on private property.