Birdfeeders, compost piles, garbage cans and pet food can all condition bears to look for easy food sources. Bears have awoken from their winter slumber and begin the process of gaining weight. One bear had been breaking into buildings for about 10 days. That bear had to be killed. When bears are this conditioned to easy food sources they tend to become bolder and more aggressive and their behavior becomes a human safety concern. Information and program manager for FWP, Vivaca Crowser says the euthanized black bear was guilty of previous offenses. 

 Most of the reports being received, in the missoula area, are from the rattlesnake.