A new bear aware trailer hit the road recently in the southwestern region of Montana. The educational trailer promotes how to properly manage potential food attractants and how to recreate safely in bear country.
"This is a rewarding project for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks," said Laurie Evarts, the education program manager at FWP's Montana WILD education center in Helena. "It's great to see so many different organizations partnering to make this happen."
Partners in the traveling bear safety project include bear-spray manufacturer Counter Assault, which donated the trailer to FWP, and the follow groups that contributed funds to helped to design and stock the trailer with educational materials: the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, the Gallatin National Forest, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, the Yellowstone Club Foundation, Bear Smart Big Sky, the Yellowstone Club, the Big Sky Community Corporation, Big Sky Tax Resort, Wildlife Conservation Society and Republic Services.
The Beaverhead-Deerlodge and Gallatin National Forests are using the trailer to deliver Bear Aware programs throughout southwestern Montana. Those "Be Bear Aware" education programs—delivered at fairs, schools, and camps—reach 20,000 people annually.