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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...

 

Grizzly bear euthanized in Swan Valley due to food conditioning

SWAN VALLEY - An adult female grizzly bear was euthanized Sept. 10 after the bear and three cubs became food conditioned and broke into structures to obtain grain. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks captured the bears in the Seeley-Swan Valley....

 

FWP approves non-native trout suppression in Cooney Creek

SWAN VALLEY - In an effort to boost native westslope cutthroat and bull trout populations, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will remove non-native trout species in Cooney Creek, a tributary of the upper Swan River in northwest Montana.  Following a...

 

Proposed fishing regulations open to public comment through Sept. 15

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host open houses across the state, including northwest Montana, to share information and gather public comment on proposed changes to the statewide fishing...

 

Grizzly bear euthanized after history of food conditioning

SEELEY LAKE - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) euthanized a sub-adult male grizzly bear named Stevi Thursday, July 18 following a history of breaking into outbuildings and dumpsters and...

 

Annual management reports published for bears and lions in Northwest Montana

KALISPELL - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has published three new annual reports for grizzly bear, black bear and mountain lion management in Region 1 (northwest Montana). The reports, prepared...

 

Watercraft Inspection Stations opening across the state

Some watercraft inspection stations are opening across the state for the 2019 boating season, and boaters transporting motorized or non-motorized watercraft are required to stop at stations they pass, as directed by signs. Additionally, western...

 

FWP proposes re-establishing sharp-tailed grouse populations

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is proposing to re-establish self-sustainable sharp-tailed grouse populations west of the Continental Divide.  FWP would achieve this objective through...

 

Meetings to review deer hunting regulations in Northwest Montana

KALISPELL — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is hosting four upcoming public meetings to discuss deer populations and potential future management strategies for hunting seasons in northwest Montana. FWP Region 1 staff are hoping to engage the public...

 

FWP completes another successful season in the fight against AIS

2018 was a big year for Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks and its aquatic invasive species program with a record number of watercrafts inspected, record number of water samples analyzed and no mussel larvae or adult mussels detected. “Our AIS staff...

 

Proposed mountain lion management, monitoring strategy meeting, Nov. 29

KALISPELL - A public information meeting on the conservation and management of mountain lion populations in Montana is scheduled for Nov. 29 in Kalispell. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 1 headquarters,...

 

Hunter harvest steady across west-central Montana

Big game harvest in west-central Montana maintained a steady pace through the fourth weekend of the general hunting season, bringing totals in line with average. At the hunter check station near Bonner, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP)...

 

FWP biologist authors scientific paper on illegal fish introductions

KALISPELL - A Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologist has identified an innovative approach to investigating illegal fish introductions and his research is being published in an international...

 

Hunting season picks up pace across west-central Montana - remains slow in northwest

While hunter activity and harvest picked up in the third weekend of the general big game season in west-central Montana, mild weather conditions continued to hamper hunter success across the northwest. West-central Montana Update Montana Fish,...

 

Slow start to hunting season in western Montana

Montana's 2018 big game hunting season opened Oct. 20 with a light harvest under sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures in western Montana. Hunters are encouraged to check the Montana hunting...

 

Young grizzly relocated to Marias Pass on Flathead National Forest

OVANDO — Bear activities continue in Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 1. A young male grizzly was relocated from the Ovando to the Flathead National Forest after getting into unsecured garbage. Montana is bear country. Black bears and grizzly...

 

FWP Commission opens proposed grizzly bear population objectives for public comment

KALISPELL — The Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved language for a proposed administrative rule that would codify population objectives for grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE). The decision Aug. 9 sets into...

 

FWP proposes rule outlining grizzly bear population objectives in NCDE

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is proposing an administrative rule to codify the population objectives detailed in the conservation strategy for grizzly bears in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem. The Fish and Wildlife Commission will vote...

 

Small Dams in Small Creeks Can Have Big Consequences

As summertime temperatures heat up and the chance to cool down in the water arrives, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is reminding people that building dams in creeks and streams can have negative...

 

Please Leave Baby Animals Alone 

Each spring, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks receives several calls from people who have picked up deer fawns or other wildlife. FWP no longer accepts, holds or rehabilitates ungulates like deer,...

 

High Water Prompts Closure and Limited Access to River Access Sites

Due to extremely high water, flood conditions and associated public safety concerns, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) closed many fishing access sites (FASs) around west-central Montana May...

 

Boat Carrying Zebra Mussels Stopped at Anaconda Station

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Anaconda watercraft inspection station intercepted a boat carrying zebra mussels Friday. The cabin cruiser was being transported from Ohio to Puget Sound in Washington. The inspection station reported that many...

 

Water Samples Positive for Invasive Mussel Larvae in Tiber Reservoir

HELENA - Water samples from Tiber Reservoir east of Shelby have tested positive for the larvae of aquatic invasive mussels, with similar tests from Canyon Ferry Reservoir near Helena showing “suspect” or inconclusive results, according to...

 

Numbers Slightly Up at End of Deer, Elk Season

MISSOULA - The big game general hunting season closed on Sunday evening with higher numbers than last season of hunter trips, harvested animals and percentages of hunters with game in west-central...

 

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