Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks bear management specialists are located in Bozeman, Choteau, Missoula and Kalispell. They are responsible for the state's black and grizzly bear populations. Bear managers educate the public on how to live safely with bears and oversee the health and well being of Montana's grizzly and black bear populations. Their work includes population and habitat studies, radio collaring or otherwise marking bears, and trapping and relocating bears that come in conflict with humans.
Bear managers also must decide when to euthanize a bear that fails to avoid human sources of food and becomes a public-safety risk. A bear with no history of contact with humans can make a bear manager's day. A bear that stays away from humans and does not look to residences, city landfills or other locations as potential food sources is more likely to live out a natural life.
The following images of Montana's bears provide an inside look at bear management work underway in Montana, and some of Montana's bears.