A black bear that just couldn’t stay away from the Russell Gates campground along the Blackfoot River has forced Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to close the site to overnighters.
The fishing access site, however, will remain open during the day.
FWP reports that about a week ago campers reported that the bear was getting into food at the site. FWP increased communication with campers and recreationists at the site, encouraging bear awareness and safely securing food and attractants.
While the bear didn’t attack any humans, it continued to venture into the campground, prompting the closure decision until the bear is captured and removed.
“We were hoping that our efforts of encouraging the public to keep clean campsites and store food where the bear couldn’t get at it would motivate the bear to move through the area,” said Fishing Access Site Coordinator Chet Crowser. “Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case and we decided closing the site and removing the bear was the best approach to ensure public safety.”
There have been no human injuries or attacks on humans.
For more on bear and other wildlife safety tips, check the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov. Click on “Recreation” and “Stay Safe Outdoors.”