My street is losing the trash battle with the bears. But after (several beers) and several weeks of careful "trash-can-cat-and-mouse", we've come up with a potentially effective deterrent idea: Glitter bomb the trash cans and scare the hell out of the bears.
Montana wilderness has bears. Montana TOWNS have bears right now too. There are a few very simple but absolutely crucial things you must do NOW to ensure black bears don't cause any trouble in your 'hood.
It seems to me, and I could be wrong, they are kind of a Montana tourist thing. Not that locals don't enjoy them, because they do, but it seems like every time I see them, it's either in the Airport in the "Montana" section or in the "Montana" section of the grocery store or a local gift shop.