The Montana FWP Prairie Bear Monitor Facebook page has posted the following alerts of bear activity for the past two weeks.
July 15: Tracks of a female grizzly and cub were found near the intersection of Bullhead Road and Wingina Road northeast of Valier.
July 13: FWP officials set up an electric fence around a sheep bedding ground on the Marias River to help prevent additional depredations. Fence materials provided by Vital Ground Foundation and Defenders of Wildlife. FWP is still continuing its trapping efforts in the area.
July 12: Please be careful if you plan on recreating along the Marias River between the F-Bridge and head of Tiber Dam this weekend. There have been significant sheep depredations by a grizzly bear in the area. If you see any carcasses or signs warning of traps then please leave the area. Coming close to traps interferes with the capture operations and is dangerous for yourself. Officials are working tirelessly to get the situation under control.
July 11: A grizzly bear chased cows near 14th Lane NE and I-15, which is south of Dutton. The Sheriff’s Department chased the bear away. The call tree may have been slightly delayed due to officials finishing work at midnight. They planned to be working again out of service early in the morning on July 12.
July 11: Kayakers on the Marias River from the golf course to the River Park saw two grizzlies swimming in the river.
July 8: Sow and two cubs observed just south of the Bullhead Road and west of Wingina Road. FWP officials have been patrolling the area to conduct proactive management action on these bears.
July 5: Grizzly female and two cubs observed along Wingina coulee west of Wingina Road, which is four miles northeast of Valier. The bears were last observed going east at 10 p.m.
July 3: Single sub-adult grizzly bear observed near Habel Bridge on Teton River, more than 10 miles east of Dutton.
July 2: FWP officials conducted aversive conditioning on a female grizzly and two cubs in a shelterbelt off of Trails End road, which is west of Lake Frances. Aversive conditioning teaches bears that areas near homes are risky and to fear people, which will help prevent them from coming close to people.
Wesley Sarmento, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) biologist, asks area residents to “please report any bear activity that occurs at your residence. We need to track these bears that come close to homes to keep people safe. If bears are going around to homes there may be a need to capture those bears. Call 450-1097 when there is a bear close to your home,” he advised.