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CSKT establishes new bear conflict call line

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Posted at 3:28 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 17:28:54-04

A new call line to report non-emergency bear conflicts on the Flathead Indian Reservation is now available.

Calls made to (406) 275-2774 are now being received by a 24/7 dispatch call center and the conflicts will then be directed to the first available Tribal Game Warden or Tribal Wildlife Biologist to respond.

The Tribal Wildlife Management Program is reminding people that springtime on the Flathead Reservation means bears will be emerging from dens. The animals are attracted to garbage, pet foods, bird feeders. Other attractants like chickens and other small livestock often resulting in bear and human conflicts.

CSKT officials note that whenever someone makes food or attractants available to bears, they create situations that invite bears to become problem bears, which could ultimately endanger someone or cause the bear’s elimination.

Information on securing bear attractants and preventing conflicts can be found by contacting the Tribal Wildlife Management Program at (406) 883-2888.