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Bear safe food storage methods.
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-NC-2)

Smith River State Park will be implementing some changes in food storage regulations for the coming float season.

About 5,000 Smith River travelers will be changing the way they carry their food and waste next year.

Sarah Hewitt

In this exciting episode of Mountain West Voices, producer Clay Scott recounts the rescue of an orphaned black bear cub on the Montana prairies, miles from suitable bear habitat.

State and federal wildlife officials are investigating the shooting death of a male grizzly bear west of Whitefish.
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A grizzly bear in Stillwater County had to be shot after it killed a herd of cows. Wildlife officials say bears are becoming more active as they search for food before hibernation. The bear was responsible for a dozen cattle deaths in the Fishtail and Fiddler Creek area since mid August. It was killed by U.S. Wildlife Services officials late last week.

A corn field in the Mission Valley damaged by bears.
Courtesy Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ wildlife staff is warning residents and hunters about widespread black and grizzly bear movement from the base of the Mission mountains to the lower Flathead River. They say bears are following riparian areas west into the valley in search of decreasing food supplies like hawthorn and fruit.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks game wardens are seeking information on a black bear poached just south of St. Regis. 

The bear was shot and killed with a rifle sometime between May 31 and June 3 about four miles up the south Fork of Little Joe Creek.

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