July 12, 2001
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
Bears are a timely topic in the Lindbergh Lake area this year, as several local residents have reported black bear sightings. In recent weeks, a sow black bear and her three cubs were trapped and removed from the area after entering a building in search of food.
Bears in the wild feast on things like huckleberries and other plants, bugs, rodents, and winter-killed carcasses. However, in forested areas where bears and humans co-exist, bears get into trouble when they discover sources of food near humans such as dog food, cat food, garbage, bird seed, apples on trees and compost piles.
On Saturday night, July 14 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Lindbergh Lake Campground, Pat O'Herren from Brown Bear Resources in Missoula will present a campfire program about how bears and humans can more comfortably co-exist in both urban and rural communities.
O'Herren will cover topics such as 1) how to hike safely in bear country, 2) how to use bear spray effectively, 3) bear behavior, things to watch out for, 4) bear-proofing your property, and 5) use of bear dogs as deterrents.
O'Herren is a Swan Valley resident and also the director of Brown Bear Resources in Missoula, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting wildlife education.
The Living With Bears program will be held at the Lindbergh Lake Campground, four miles west of Highway 83 via the Lindbergh Lake Road in the Upper Swan Valley. Campers should bring their own lawn chairs. The Swan Ecosystem Center is sponsoring the bear program and other campground and outdoor education activities in the Swan Valley this summer. Upcoming activities include Vole Research (a blacklight adventure) at the Condon Work Center beginning at 8:30 p.m. on July 21, and Mist Netting (Neotropical Bird Research) at the Swan Ecosystem Center picnic area beginning at 7:00 p.m. on July 28. Call 754-3137 for more information.