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Posted on: June 10, 2022

Be Bear Aware

Grizzly Bear

Montana is “God’s Country”. How many times have you heard that phrase? How many times have you said that phrase? Spring has finally sprung. The grass is greening. The flowers are blooming. The bears are roaming.

Just like that, God’s Country is now Bear Country.

Bears are curious, food driven and can lose their natural foraging behavior once they become food conditioned. This poses a serious risk to public safety and the animal. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) attempt to capture and move bears away from residences before they are food conditioned or habituated. Bears that gain rewards from human food sources, such as garbage and domestic fruit can become food-conditioned or habituated to people. This can lead to euthanizing the animal for safety reasons.

Things to remember to avoid attracting bears to your property:

  • Properly store garbage in a city approved animal resistant container, or in a secured building.
  • Avoid leaving attractants next to windows, doors, or outside walls.
  • Do not leave out pet food, bird feeders and bird seed, or BBQ’s.
  • Bears are attracted to fruit-bearing trees and bushes, gardens, and compost piles. Install an effective and maintained electric fencing. Pick fruit immediately once it is ripe.
  • Secure vulnerable livestock with an electric fence.

If you see bear activity, stay at least 100 yards away and try to haze the animal off your property with loud noises.

Residents are encouraged to report bear activity as soon as possible. To report grizzly bear activity in the greater Flathead Valley, call FWP bear management specialists at 406-250-1265. To report black bear and mountain lion activity in the greater Flathead Valley, call 406-250-0062.

As a resident of God’s Country, it is our responsibility to educate our visitors to be Bear Aware. It is our responsibility to keep our family, friends, and wildlife safe.

To learn more about how to be Bear Aware, visit the Fish, Wildlife and Parks website.

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