Tags Archives: Bear

Grizzly bear trapping begins the Gravelly, Madison ranges

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, part of the United States Geological Service, in conjunction with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, has started trapping grizzly bears in Southwest Montana for research. The IGBST started on June 13 with baiting and trapping operations in the Gravelly and Madison ranges in an effort to monitor grizzly populations in the Yellowstone ecosystem. Trapping will continue through July 31, according to a press release from the USGS.

Wildlife mortality hotspots, connectivity along U.S. Highway 287

In 2012, the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University and the Craighead Institute started a project to look at the effects of U.S. Highway 287 and MT Highway 87 in the Madison Valley on road related wildlife mortality and movement patterns, said Lance Craighead of the Craighead Institute.

Bear Creek area closure lifted

On Oct. 20, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest lifted the closure of the Bear Creek area of the Madison Mountain Range southeast of Ennis.
The area was closed following the Oct. 1 human-grizzly bear encounter 3 miles up North Fork Bear Creek on a recommendation from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Trails, area surrounding Bear Creek closed pending human-grizzly investigation

Following the human-grizzly bear encounter 3 miles up North Fork Bear Creek on Oct. 1, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest temporarily closed trails and the area surrounding Bear Creek leading into the Lee Metcalf Wilderness.

Bear on the tracks: FWP, sheriff’s office respond to Virginia City, Nevada City train to chase bear away

“He must have been trying to get a free ride or something,” joked Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game warden Ryan Picken, referring to the cinnamon black bear that was hanging around the train tracks between Virginia City and Nevada City on Aug. 21.

Bear trouble at Nevada City dump

If you stopped by the Nevada City dump site last week to find it closed, it was for good reason. The dump was closed to public access for three days last week because there has been a bear in the area that can “make a mess of things” when the dumpster is more than half full, Madison County commissioner Dave Schulz said.