A returning black bear caused the temporary closure of the Three Frogs Campground on the north side of Lake Como. The campground re-opened late Monday, June 12.

Tod McKay of the Bitterroot National Forest reported several campers saw a black bear this past week attempting to get into garbage dumpsters. Others have reported a bear coming into campsites and was unafraid of people. No one was injured in the bear encounters.

The campground was closed June 10th and over the weekend while a Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks crew set up a bear trap and successfully relocated the bear.

Signs about bear activity have been posted around the Como recreation site in the Bitterroot Valley. Como Lake is one of the most popular destinations in the Northern Region of the U.S. Forest Service.

McKay reminded campers to avoid bear contact by:

  • Keep a clean camp at all times. Avoid odors.
  • Avoid cooking smelly foods.
  • Hang all food and trash well away from camp and at least 10 feet above ground. Or use a bear-proof container.
  • Camp away from areas where you see bear signs.
  • Don't sleep in the same clothes you wore while cooking or eating.
  • More information is available at the Darby/Sula Ranger District at (406) 821-3913.