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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...

 

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)...

 

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