Well Grizzly Football may be postponed this Fall. But, grizzly bear sightings are still a go. The griz population seems to be on the rebound. As more and more sightings are being reported of the massive bears. Some of which are starting to encroach on urban areas.

According to Wikipedia

There are currently about 55,000 wild grizzly bears located throughout North America, 30,000 of which are found in Alaska. Only around 1,500 grizzlies remain in the lower 48 United States. Of these, around 800 are found in Montana. About 600 more live in Wyoming, in the Yellowstone-Teton area. There are an estimated 70–100 grizzly bears living in northern and eastern Idaho.

You may recall a grizzly sighting near the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge in Stevensville, a few years ago. It is considered by the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks to be "rare" to see a grizzly in the Bitterroot valley.

According to RMEF.ORG

Through the years, officials confirmed several grizzly bears in the Sapphire Mountains and in the northwest portion of the Bitterroot Valley, including the Lolo Creek drainage, and as far south as the Big Hole Valley. Grizzly bears in the Bitterroot remain relatively uncommon, compared to other parts of northwest Montana, but there are increasing reports in recent years.

As it turns out there was indeed another confirmed sighting in the Lolo Creek area. Hwy 12 resident, Lisa Loretz, recently shared photos and footage of a large Grizzly bear just 5 miles from Lolo.

Now that fall is here and the long winter nap is coming soon for bears, be bear aware whenever you are out in the wild. And dont forget to carry bear spray.


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