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MCPS warns parents of bear sightings

By KECI Staff
Published On: Oct 08 2013 01:20:25 PM MDT
Updated On: Oct 08 2013 06:33:24 PM MDT
MISSOULA COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Missoula school parents got a warning from school administrators today about bear sightings.

The following email was sent and the message relayed by phone to parents:

"At this time of year, it is common for wildlife to travel in the corridors around our homes and school buildings.

 There have been bear sightings in the Pattee Canyon, South Hills and Miller Creek areas over the past 7-10 days. MCPS received a parent call on the morning of Tuesday October, 8, 2013 about a bear rummaging through trash on East Vista Drive. The bear was observed on Monday afternoon, October 7, 2013.

 Please be aware of the wildlife in your area and take precautions for your students as they travel to and from school and school bus stops.

 Beach Transportation and Fish Wildlife and Parks representatives are recommending that all children in these areas be accompanied to and from their bus stops by a parent/adult."

Two weeks ago, a similar warning was sent to parents about mountain lion sightings. If you see a bear or mountain lion or have additional questions about bears and/or mountain lions please contact Fish, Wildlife and Parks at http://missoulabears.org .