On Wednesday, July 16, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks relocated an 8-year-old male grizzly bear responsible for killing a young cow in the Red Lodge area Sunday to the Upper Gallatin area north of Yellowstone National Park. (Region 3 - Fish & Wildlife - 07/17/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for the Otter Island Fisheries Conservation Area Additions Draft EA, a proposal to acquire 19.72 acres of island habitats along the Flathead River. If acquired, these parcels will be added to the existing Otter Island FCA that is located along the west side of the mainstem Flathead River, about 1.5 miles east of downtown Kalispell. (Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife - 07/11/2014)
FWP personnel are still investigating a bear attack on a woman who was running with her dogs on Forest Service property in the Cedar Flats area north of Columbia Falls. The attack occurred late the morning of July 3.
According to FWP investigator Brian Somers, the bear ran from the trees and attacked one of the dogs. The runner yelled at the bear, then lay on her side on the ground. The bear charged and grabbed the runner just above the hip area, biting her several times. The bear then turned back to the dogs. The runner sat up and the bear returned and bit her on the head several times. The bear then released its grip and ran back into the woods. The dogs ran off. According to Sommers, the victim was not armed with bear pepper spray. Later, the victim’s husband came back and retrieved the dogs which were injured but alive. This account is based on initial interviews and site visits. Sommers will be piecing together the final details of the incident over the coming weeks (Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife - 07/11/2014)
FWP personnel and USFS Officials are still investigating a bear attack on a woman running with her dogs on Forest Service property in the Cedar Flats area north of Columbia Falls. The attack occurred late the morning of July 3. The bear may be a black bear but that is uncertain. (Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife - 07/11/2014)
A six-year old, 252-pound female grizzly and her two male cubs-of-the-year were captured on the Flathead Indian Reservation on June 26 by CSKT Biologist Stacy Courville. This was considered a preemptive capture to move the bears before they came into conflict with local residents. (Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife - 06/30/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a two-day discussion in Billings, July 14-15, on issues related to a bison conservation and management plan for Montana. (Headquarters - Fish & Wildlife - 06/27/2014)
Two young female grizzly bears were relocated today to the Cabinet Mountains as part of the Cabinet Mountains grizzly bear population augmentation program.
FWP captured the two 2-yr olds grizzly bears in Deadhorse Creek in the Whitefish Range (Flathead National Forest). The bears are siblings and were captured in the backcountry specifically to be relocated to the Cabinet Mountains as part of an on-going grizzly bear population augmentation program. The bears have no history of conflict with humans and have never been captured before. The bears were relocated to the Cabinet Mountains and released above Spar Lake in the Kootenai National Forest. (Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife - 06/26/2014)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Enforcement is assisting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on an investigation into the deaths of three young grizzly bears found in the Ferndale area. The case is ongoing, so no further information can be provided at this time.
Anyone with information can contact 1-800-TIP-MONT. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.
(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife - 06/26/2014)