There are a few certainties that come with spring here in the Treasure State. Of course, as the snow starts to melt and the flowers begin to bloom, the full effects of cabin fever set in. However, as we venture out into the mountains this spring for some much-needed rest and relaxation, bears are doing the same.

Bears Out Of Hibernation In Montana

Just the other day, on Facebook, I saw a post about bears roaming around some cattle. As I mentioned before, these bears, like us, are ready to get out and explore after being cooped up all winter long. Not to mention, they are extremely hungry!

According to the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Department, generally bears in Montana are out of hibernation from March through November. Although most bears hope to avoid humans just as much as we hope to avoid them, there are steps we can all take to avoid running into Yogi Bear in the backwoods. Keeping attractants to a minimum is key!

Tips From FWP to Stay Bear Aware

  • It's always better to travel with friends when you're out exploring, especially during daylight hours.
  • Try to steer clear of places where there are lots of scavengers hanging around. Not exactly the friendliest spots to be.
  • Keep an eye out for any signs of bears, like their droppings, claw marks, or if you see logs all torn up. And if you come across half-eaten animals, it's probably a good idea to give that area some space.
  • When you're walking around, especially near water or in dense forests where it's hard to see and hear, make some noise. It's like giving a heads-up to any bears that might be around, and they usually prefer to keep their distance if they know you're there.
  • And remember, it's never a good idea to try to get up close and personal with a bear. That's just asking for trouble!

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