HELENA – Beginning this week, the Bear Identification (ID) test is available online only. Black bear hunters in Montana are required to pass the Bear ID test (distinguishing black bears vs. grizzly bears) to obtain a black bear license.
Previously, hunters had two options to complete the Bear ID test – online or via a paper test available at regional offices. The paper test is no longer available, and hunters must now complete the test online. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks made the change to online only to streamline the licensing process.
FWP encourages hunters who have access to a personal computer or smart phone to complete the test on their own device. If hunters do not have access to these resources, FWP staff can administer the test in-person, at an FWP office, on a limited basis. Hunters requiring FWP assistance are encouraged to review bear identification information before taking the test.
If you require assistance, please reach out to your regional FWP office for help. To complete the Bear ID test on your own, visit fwp.mt.gov/hunt/education/bear-identification.
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