The official animal of the state of Montana, grizzly bears reside mostly in western Montana but are increasingly roaming into areas where they have not occupied for decades. … Black bears reside across most of Montana and are managed as a game animal.
Are bears a problem in Montana?
Montana is bear country.
All bears are potentially dangerous. The majority of human-bear conflicts involve bears protecting their young or a food source. The overwhelming majority of bear encounters do not involve conflict.
Where do bears live in Montana?
Many of the bears in Montana live in or near Glacier National Park, most of the others live in Yellowstone National Park, and other nearby wilderness areas. Many bears live in Montana and many people enjoy the outdoors, but surprisingly few people ever see bears.
Are grizzly bears a problem in Montana?
Tens of thousands of grizzly bears once inhabited North America but most were wiped out early last century by hunting and trapping, including in central Montana. They have been protected in the U.S. outside Alaska as a species in threat of extinction since 1975.
Can you shoot a bear on your property in Montana?
Current law says it’s legal to kill or attempt to kill a grizzly bear in self-defense, or if the bear is “in the act of attacking or killing” livestock.
What to do if you see a bear Montana?
If you see a bear, don’t run. Most of the time, the bear will run away from you. In the unlikely event that it does charge, stand your ground and don’t fire your bear spray until the bear is within 20 feet of you. Spray toward its feet, moving the can back and forth.
How common are grizzly bear attacks in Montana?
Fatal attacks on humans in the NCDE region are rare, with three such incidents over the past 20 years, per the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (via the AP).