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January 31, 2019



Swan Valley AARP Meeting, Feb. 5

Swan Valley - The Swan Valley AARP will meet Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 12 p.m. at the Swan Valley Community Hall.  A potluck lunch hosted by Nathalie Caulliez and John Addis will begin at 12:30 p.m. 

At 1:30 p.m., there will be a brief business meeting after which Nathalie will talk about their trip hiking in Bavaria and biking along the Danube.  The public is invited.

Fire History presentation at Community Potluck, Feb. 6

Swan Valley - Swan Valley Connections’ February Community Potluck Dinner will be held Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. at the Swan Valley Community Hall in Condon. A presentation on Fire History of NW Montana and the Swan Valley will feature former hotshot and longtime firefighter Rick Trembath.

Swan Valley Connections’ monthly potlucks are a time for all community members to come together, share food and learn from one another! Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Potluck dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the presentation at 6:30 p.m. There is a time to get to know neighbors at 7 p.m.

This event is free and everyone is welcome. Contact Lindsay at 406-754-3137 or lindsay@svconnections.org for more information or if you would like to be a presenter at future potlucks.

FWP Proposing Changes to Deer Hunting Regulations

KALISPELL - FWP Region 1 biologists have submitted a request to the Fish and Wildlife Commission to limit hunting opportunity to antlered bucks only in hunting districts 122 (the Thompson River area in Sanders County) and 130 (the Swan area in Lake and Missoula counties).

For the last three years, hunters have been able to harvest a white-tailed deer of either sex during the first week of the general hunting season, as well as the last week of the season on private lands only.

The commission will review the proposal at its Feb. 13 meeting in Helena. The commission will accept public comment on the proposal before taking final action. If approved, the changes would take effect this fall.

The FWP Region 1 headquarters is located at 490 N. Meridian in Kalispell. Commission meetings are also audio streamed online at fwp.mt.gov. Members of the public can comment at FWP regional headquarters during the meetings.

“Our area biologists reviewed several factors, including decreased fawn recruitment in deer populations after the last two winters and the big game check station data from this fall. We also spoke to numerous sportsmen,” said Neil Anderson, FWP Region 1 wildlife manager. “We felt these changes were warranted in an effort to help white-tailed deer populations rebound after appearing to decline.”

FWP regional staff recently hosted four meetings in Kalispell, Libby, Trout Creek and Eureka. They presented information about deer population trends and harvest data and discussed deer management with sportsmen. The overall crowd at these meetings totaled nearly 150 people and generally expressed support for the tentative antlered-buck only proposal.

Northwest Montana experienced two recent winters with heavy snowfall that persisted well into early spring. This affects fawn recruitment, predation, habitat changes and hunter pressure.

For a list of reports detailing wildlife populations and more in northwest Montana, visit http://fwp.mt.gov/regions/r1/.

Missoula County Sheriff’s Office Call Activity 1/20/19-1/28/19

• 1/20, 11:17 a.m., 5X MM Highway 83, Salmon Prairie: Accident –Injury

• 1/20, 4:52 p.m., 36XX Highway 83, Seeley Lake: Disturbance

• 1/21, 12:52 p.m., 27XX Woodworth Road, Seeley Lake: Disorderly Conduct

• 1/26, 2:36 a.m., 2X MM Highway 200, Greenough: Accident – No Injury

• 1/26, 7:47 a.m., 3X MM Highway 200, Greenough: Accident – No Injury

• 1/27, 11:48 a.m., 73XX Boy Scout Road, Seeley Lake: Theft

 

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