Local law enforcement has been receiving calls about this, but officials say that residents don't actually need to call 911 in most of these instances.

Photo by freestocks on Unsplash
Photo by freestocks on Unsplash

We're talking about something that is commonly seen in Bozeman: bears. During the fall when temperatures start to cool off, bears are extremely active and you have a good chance of seeing one in the area. With winter right around the corner, bears are bulking up before they hibernate for the winter.

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Gallatin County 911 has been getting a lot of calls about bear sightings in  Bozeman neighborhoods, and officials are encouraging residents to NOT call 911 if they see a bear.

Black bear laying on a cabin porch

Bozeman Fire shared the following message on social media Tuesday;

Please folks be bear aware and leave them alone, this occurs each fall as they prepare to go into slumber, we do live in Montana after all. Keep your trash and attractants secured (ie bird seed and dog food). DO NOT call Gallatin County 911 to simply report seeing a bear. A sighting is not a conflict! There’s no need to call 911 if no humans or bears are in immediate danger. Calling 911 should be reserved for situations that need immediate assistance from fire/ems or law enforcement responders. Law enforcement is currently aware of the situation. Thanks and stay safe.
Law enforcement in the Bozeman area is busy enough as is. Seeing a bear is not an emergency. If you see a bear, it's important to keep your distance. For the most part, they aren't trying to hurt you. They're just hungry and trying to stock up on enough food for the long winter ahead.

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