UPDATE: 3:25 p.m. - Oct. 4, 2022
LOLO - State wildlife officials have captured and relocated a pair of grizzly bears that had been roaming near homes between Lolo and Florence. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reports the animals have been moved to a remote spot in the nearby Sapphire Mountains. (Read the full update)
MISSOULA - State wildlife officials are working to trap a pair of grizzly bears in the Florence area.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) recently confirmed that grizzlies had been seen in the Lolo and Florence area.
FWP spokeswoman Vivaca Crowser says the two bears have been in the northern Bitterroot Valley for the past several weeks.
Crowser told MTN News in an email that the bears have “been spending more time around chickens and other livestock, garbage, fruit trees and other attractants.”
She added FWP is now trying to trap and relocate the grizzlies from the Carlton Creek and Sun Valley Road areas to prevent conflicts.
- information from Hannah Hislop and Mark Thorsell included in this report