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Reminder: Leave baby animals alone and be mindful of diseases

Each spring, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) receives calls from people who have picked up deer fawns or other wildlife.  It's important to remember that Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks...

 

Watercraft inspection stations open

Montana's first watercraft inspection stations opened for the 2021 season. Inspection stations near Dillon and Ravalli opened earlier this month. The watercraft inspection station at Clearwater...

 

Be bear aware as bears emerge

Bears are emerging from dens with the onset of spring, and people are reminded to “Be Bear Aware.” Bears can be found throughout Montana. In recent years, grizzly bear populations have expanded and bears are sometimes found in historic ranges...

 

Invasive mussels found in aquarium moss balls

Invasive zebra mussels found another avenue for potential infestation of Montana waters. Montana, Fish, Wildlife & Parks was notified Wednesday that zebra mussels were detected in aquarium moss balls sold at a pet store in Washington state. FWP...

 

Support for grizzly bears' presence in Montana strong amidst expanding population

A new survey of Montanans shows positive attitudes toward grizzly bears and support for the presence of grizzly bears within the state. However, acceptance of bear presence in areas closer to...

 

Fish consumption guidance updated for area rivers

MISSOULA – The State of Montana Fish Guidance Board, which includes Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and the Departments of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), has updated the fish consumption guidance...

 

Tips to practice safe ice recreation

It’s that time of year when ice anglers and other recreationists head out to Montana’s “hard” waters for the winter season. Whether ice fishing, ice skating, hunting, snowmobiling or just taking a walk, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff...

 

Hunting activity and harvest success picks up

Hunter numbers and harvest rebounded in the fourth weekend of the general big game hunting season in west-central Montana, bringing harvest totals in line with average for this point in the season. The biggest bump came from deer harvest. The rut...

 

Weather slows hunting activity in west-central Montana

MISSOULA – Hunter numbers through the west-central Montana wildlife check stations were down through the first two weekends of the big game hunting season. Hunter success held above average at the Anaconda and Darby stations and fell below average...

 

Recreation Grant Program open for applications starting Nov. 2

HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will begin accepting grant applications for four recreation grant programs on Monday, Nov. 2, at 12 p.m. via the online system at funding.mt.gov.  Applications for the Recreational Trails Program, the...

 

Grizzly bear relocated after repeatedly seeking garbage

SEELEY LAKE - Wildlife officials captured and relocated a male grizzly bear in Seeley Lake late last week after repeated incidents of pursuing garbage and other attractants at campgrounds and home sites in the area. The bear did not have a prior...

 

Governor's Grizzly Bear Advisory Council updates recommendations

The Montana Governor’s Grizzly Bear Advisory Council has updated its consolidated draft recommendations report and it is posted online: fwp.mt.gov/gbac.  The council will review all public comments on the July 17 and July 24 versions of the...

 

FWP seeks public's help identifying CWD-symptomatic animals

A follow-up test has confirmed a positive case of chronic wasting disease in a white-tailed deer buck that was euthanized in Gallatin County this month after displaying several classic symptoms of the disease. The deer, which was found in the...

 

Citizen input sought for elk management plan

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking 10 to 12 individuals to serve as a statewide citizens group to collaboratively provide guidance for the new Montana Elk Management Plan. The group will be tasked with developing an issue statement about elk m...

 

Grizzly bear euthanized near Ovando

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks euthanized a young male grizzly bear on Monday, April 13 after it killed three calves over a period of several days on a ranch east of Ovando in the Blackfoot Valley. The grizzly killed three calves from April 10 - 12....

 

Nonresident spring turkey and black bear hunting suspended

Following the extension of Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s directive that out-of-state travelers must quarantine for 14 days, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks director Martha Williams has suspended nonresident hunting seasons for spring turkey and b...

 

FWP adjusts facility management, state lands remain open for day use

Montanans are lucky to have so many opportunities to get outdoors and recreate, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. And while Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks encourages recreation outside, we also encourage careful planning and prudence. The...

 

License year begins March 1, other changes for 2020

As the current license year is winding down, hunters and anglers can look for a few immediate changes for the coming year. The new license year starts on March 1, which means that is the day you can begin to buy your 2020 hunting and fishing...

 

FWP seeks volunteer instructors for Hunter, Bowhunter Education

 Montana's hunting legacy depends on active, skilled and ethical hunters who pass on their traditions to new generations. This happens in hundreds of classrooms across Montana each year through the...

 

FWP makes changes to 2020 licenses

Beginning March 1, hunters and anglers can expect a few changes this year when they buy their 2020 licenses. The most visible change Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks customers will see is a change to license paper. Starting this year, both licenses...

 

FWP seeks comment on hunting season proposals

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is seeking public input on hunting season proposals for the 2020-21 seasons through Jan. 22, 2020. Proposals are available for review and comment online. FWP will also hold public meetings throughout the...

 

Average harvest in west-central Montana, up in the northwest

The general big game hunting season that opened Oct. 26 concluded Sunday, Dec. 1 across Montana. Despite fewer hunters than in years past in northwest Montana, the overall number of harvested deer...

 

Average harvest for big game opener

During opening weekend of the general big game hunting season, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) reported checking 2,325 hunters and 179 harvested animals at its three permanent check stations...

 

Montana's big game hunting season opens Oct. 26

This weekend marks the beginning of the general big game hunting season in Montana. The general deer and elk season is Oct. 26-Dec. 1. If you have information about a possible wildlife or state lands crime, please call our toll-free TIP-MONT Hotline...

 

Shotgun ammo ineffective for deterring bear

On July 15, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks received a report of an injured black bear dragging its lower body in the foothills of Kila. The following morning, the bear was euthanized because of it...

 

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