Forest Service Temporarily Closes Bear Creek Access in Madison Range

Ennis, MT., Oct. 3, 2016 – Due to recent bear activity and encounters, Forest Service officials have temporarily closed trails and the area surrounding Bear Creek that leads into the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. “We are closing this area to provide for the safety of our visitors,” said Madison District Ranger Dale Olson. Currently, the MT Fish, […]

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Use a Refill Device for Practice Bear Spray Canisters

Why Use a Refill Device for Practice Bear Spray Canisters? Practice Makes Perfect! Bear spray can save lives. Practicing with inert bear spray gives people in bear country a safe way to train for a potential charge. The dilemma is the cost of buying multiple cans of inert bear spray (ranging from $15-$25 per can). […]

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Hunters

Bear Spray Demonstration for Hunters Craig Boddington, hunter journalist, demonstrates how and why hunters should use bear spray while they’re afield in bear country. 1-minute bear spray training video Tips for Elk Hunters in Grizzly Country As a hunter in the fall in grizzly country, you have a higher chance than hikers and other visitors […]

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Bear Viewing

Bear Viewing in the Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones DON’T APPROACH BEARS—EVER! That’s as simple as it gets. It is safer to view bears in an area where the bear viewing is an accepted and managed practice. Whether you’re viewing bears from a car in a national forest or along a roadside in a national park, you need […]

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Farmers & Ranchers

Avoid conflicts with grizzly bears on ranches and farms Ranchers and farmers may encounter conflicts with grizzly bears in or near the Grizzly Bear Recovery Zones. The following organizations offer their experience and help with methods and tools to avoid conflicts. The publications, Bears and Electric Fencing: A starter’s guide for using electric fencing to deter […]

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Outdoor Recreation

Recreation in grizzly bear country – BE PREPARED Written by Adapted from “Living in Harmony With Bears” by Derek Stonorov Sometimes in spite of our good intentions we have unwanted encounters with bears. Plan how you are going to react when you meet an inquisitive, intelligent, and potentially dangerous animal in the backcountry—or in your neighborhood. […]

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Bear Safety

How to Avoid Grizzly Bears While seeing a bear is a memorable experience, your safety and the survival of bears depends on you keeping your distance! Before you head into bear country, take time to learn about bears and how best to avoid them. Before you go: Check with the local forest, park, or game and […]

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Hiking & Camping

How to Avoid Grizzly Bears While seeing a bear is a memorable experience, your safety and the survival of bears depends on you keeping your distance! Before you head into bear country, take time to learn about bears and how best to avoid them. Before you go: Check with the local forest, park, or game […]

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