Spring has officially sprung in Montana, and that means that grizzly bears are emerging from hibernation following a long winter's nap. There have been several reports of grizzly bears on the move in Montana.

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According to a Facebook post from the Custer Gallatin National Forest, three young grizzly bears were spotted in the Paradise Valley south of Livingston on Monday, May 1.

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Information About Recent Grizzly Bear Sighting South of Livingston

The Custer Gallatin National Forest shared the following information about the grizzly bear sighting.

Three young grizzly bears have been spotted up Mill Creek. They were seen in Upper Mill and at the Mill Creek Cabin area by Snowbank Campground. Always carry bear spray with you while hiking and remain vigilant. Hike in groups and make noise!

Montana is grizzly country and bears coming out of hibernation can be extremely aggressive when trying to find food. It's important to keep your distance. An encounter with a grizzly bear in Montana can be fatal. If you plan on spending time outdoors, you need to be bear-aware.

How to Be "Bear Aware" in Montana

Stay a safe distance away from grizzly bears and other predators in Montana. In Yellowstone National Park, the rule is at least 100 yards. The first grizzly sighting of 2023 in YNP occurred on March 7. Don't try to be a daredevil. It's not worth it. In addition to keeping a safe distance, here are some other ways to stay safe in grizzly bear country.

  • Stay Alert - Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Travel in a group - Never hike alone
  • Make Noise - A popular phrase in Montana is "Hey Bear!"
  • Carry Bear Spray - Seriously, don't leave home without it.
  • Never travel at night, dawn, or dusk.
  • Avoid animal carcass sights - If you see a dead animal, keep moving.

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