HELENA – If you've traveled east of the Rocky Mountains in Montana, it might not scream "Griz Country." But don't let this prairie landscape fool you. There are grizzlies in this region and for the residents who live here they have some tools to avoid grizzly conflicts, one tool might be a little hairy. Special thanks to the Becker family with Stick Leg Ranch.

As part of Bear Aware Month, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is running a series of videos featuring bear aware content. These videos are available on YouTube (clock title to watch the video:

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is hosting a bear awareness education event in Shelby  this evening (Monday, Sept. 25th) from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Marias River Electric hospitality room.

The event will include bear spray demonstrations with inert training spray and a fake charging bear, bear safety and biology information, tips on bear identification with mounts, tracks, skulls, and giveaways. Free bear spray will be provided to the first 25 adult participants who complete bear spray training, which will be held at 3, 4, and 5 p.m.

This event is part of Bear Aware Month, proclaimed by Gov. Gianforte. Events have been held across the state throughout September, both in-person and virtually. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information on bear awareness events in Montana, visit: fwp.mt.gov/bear-aware.

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