Being bear-friendly in Montana is a commitment. It may mean sacrificing the opportunity to see a bear or take pictures of it—for the welfare of the bear. It means taking steps to prevent bears from finding sources of food on your property or when you are out camping.
Once a bear is food-trained, it is often impossible to un-train them. That is why biologists so often say a fed bear is a dead bear.
Your vigilance in keeping your residence and outdoor camps "Bear Friendly" can make all the difference in helping keep Montana's grizzly and black bears wild and free.
"Bear Friendly" means allowing every bear to retain its wild and free nature.
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Nine times out of ten, bears that repeatedly get into attractants around our homes are eventually euthanized. Please help save Montana bears from this needless outcome by learning some tips to help keep your residence bear-friendly.
It is unlawful to intentionally, or to inadvertently feed bears. Those who do will be warned and possibly cited under this important Montana Law.
Sometimes people find young bears and other species and think they are abandoned or orphaned. This is often not true. If you care, leave them there. [Learn more]
Hunters should take precautions while hunting in bear country. Due to weather and pine beetle issues, hunters are at a higher risk of bear attacks in 2010. [Learn more]
Learn how to be safe when hunting in bear country. Read the following brochure for more details:
Hunting Safely in Grizzly Country (238 KB)
Teachers and students alike can find helpful tools and interesting information about bears. Find videos, posters, and teachers' aids to use in the classroom. [Learn more]
Contact FWP bear managers and other experts throughout the state.