Second grizzly bear sighting confirmed in Big Belt Mountains
By: MTN News
The grizzly bear pictured was confirmed northwest of White Sulphur Springs at the beginning of July.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has confirmed a grizzly bear sighting on a ranch in the northern Big Belt Mountains.
According to a press release, the sighting is the second in the Big Belts this summer and is likely two separate bears.
The first sighting was a 3-year-old subadult male northwest of White Sulphur Springs, confirmed through photos taken by FWP trail cameras.
The second sighting was confirmed from a video of a bear on private land in the area between the Missouri River and Hound Creek, south of Cascade.
The bear is also a subadult male.
No conflicts with the bear have been reported.
This is the third grizzly bear sighting this year in areas the bears have not roamed in almost a century.
The press release states that in June, a pair of grizzlies apparently came down the Teton River from the Rocky Mountain Front and ended up near Stanford.
The young bears were captured and euthanized after they preyed on livestock.
In recent years, bears have traveled river corridors such as the Sun, Marias, Dearborn and Teton east from the Rocky Mountain Front looking for natural foods.
As grizzly bear numbers in the western half of Montana, from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in the southwest to Northern Continental Divide population, continue to increase, their range is expanding.
According to the press release, it's possible for grizzlies to be found anywhere in the western half of Montana, from the mountains, to river corridors, to even the prairie regions.
Click here to read more about grizzly bear management in Montana at the FWP website.