CONFLICT PREVENTION PROJECT:

City of Troy, Montana

Keeping bears in the woods and out of the garbage in the heart of the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem.

Fog hangs over mountain ridges and conifer forest
Lance Schelvan photo of Yaak wildflowers at sunset

Photo by Lance Schelvan

City of Troy, Montana
Spring flowers at Yaak Mountain

Photo by Kevin Rhoades

Patti Swoka photo of grizzly bear knocking over bear-proof garbage container
Photo of Troy, MT garbage facilities

Photo by Gael Bissell

Photo of Stuart Stahl outside Troy, MT garbage facilities

Photo by Ryan Lutey

Wild turkey and mule deer at Yaak Mountain
Confluence of Kootenai and Yaak rivers
Fog hangs over mountain ridges and conifer forest Lance Schelvan photo of Yaak wildflowers at sunset City of Troy, Montana Spring flowers at Yaak Mountain Patti Swoka photo of grizzly bear knocking over bear-proof garbage container Photo of Troy, MT garbage facilities Photo of Stuart Stahl outside Troy, MT garbage facilities Wild turkey and mule deer at Yaak Mountain Confluence of Kootenai and Yaak rivers

City of Troy, Montana PROJECT BRIEF

Nestled near two Vital Ground properties in the heart of the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem, the 1,000-person city of Troy, Montana knows a lot about bears. And the bruins know about the city, too, with fruit trees, gardens, and accessible garbage creating an unfortunate history of conflict.

That’s why we were excited to partner with Troy, Lincoln County, and Montana Fish, Wildlife, & Parks on a new effort to consolidate garbage containment to one area in the city, and to install electric fencing that prevents bears from accessing it. Keeping bears in the forest and out of the dump—sounds like a win to us.

Troy, Montana at a Glance

  • Garbage consolidation and fencing project for 1,000-person town in northwest Montana
  • Town lies near Vital Ground's Wild River, Yaak Mountain and Alvord Lake projects
  • Partners include City of Troy, Lincoln County and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
  • Reducing garbage attraction will help funnel bears toward Cabinet-Purcell linkage zones