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FWP continues monitoring bears in Western Montana

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Grizzly bears (MTN News photo) Grizzly bears (MTN News photo)
MISSOULA -

State wildlife officials report that black bears have been seen across Western Montana feeding on serviceberry and huckleberry.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reports there’s a lot of serviceberry in and amongst the urban wildland interface and so it is common to see bears in these areas feeding on the ripe berries.

FWP is continuing to field numerous calls about bears pulling down bird feeders and getting into garbage. Residents are being asked to bring in bird feeders and store garbage in a bear-resistant manner until the morning of pickup.

A black bear has been getting into garbage in the Greenough Park area and residents have seen this bear in Greenough Park.

A black bear has also been on porches, getting into garbage, and pulling down bird feeders in the Hayes Creek area. FWP also reports there continues to be an issue with bears getting into garbage in the Grant Creek area.

A black bear has been on porches in the Coopers Lake area, likely been getting into bird feeders while in the Georgetown Lake and Philipsburg area, wardens have received a lot of calls about black bears getting into garbage and bird feeders.

FWP also reports that uncontained garbage continues to be an issue across the Bitterroot and Lower Clark Fork areas. FWP has received a few reports of bears in the area but conflicts have been low.

Meanwhile, a grizzly bear has been seen passing through the town of Lincoln but no conflicts are being reported. There are also a few reports of grizzly bears in and around crop fields in the Blackfoot Valley.

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