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CWD Sample Numbers Up From Previous Years

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff is on pace to collect a record number of chronic wasting disease samples from deer, elk and moose this year. Between July 1 and Nov. 12, FWP staff collected 3,147 CWD samples, of which 1,613 were from the 2021...

 

Hunter Success Varies But Remains Within Long-Term Averages in Southwest Montana

Hunter success in southwest Montana has varied but remains close to long-term averages as the general hunting season reaches the half-way mark. Wildlife biologists with Montana Fish, Wildlife &...

 

FWP Releases Smith River State Park Assessment

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is considering potential updates to the 2009 Smith River State Park and River Corridor Recreation Management Plan. These potential updates are included in a draft environmental assessment (EA), which is available to...

 

CWD-Positive Deer Reported in Baker

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was recently detected in a mule deer buck that was euthanized within Baker city limits in Hunting District 705 by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials on Oct. 27. FWP officials collected the deer after residents...

 

FWP Working With the Department of Livestock Following Detection of Bovine Tuberculosis in Blaine County

In September, bovine tuberculosis (bTB) was discovered in a herd of cattle in northern Blaine County and then later in Phillips County. Bovine TB is a contagious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis and primarily affects cattle. The di...

 

FWP Proposes Repeal of Admin Rules on Madison River

At its Oct. 28 meeting, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed to repeal two administrative rules regarding the recreational use of the Madison River. On Dec. 24, 2020, the commission adopted the Madison River Recreation Management Rules....

 

FWP Clarifies Changes to Wolf Hunting, Trapping Regulations

In August, the Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted several changes to the 2021/2022 wolf hunting and trapping regulations. Changes include eliminating quotas, increasing the number of wolf trapping and hunting licenses allowed for individual...

 

Licensing Rules to Be Considered by FWP Commission

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider one new administrative rule and several rule amendments at their meeting Oct. 28. The new rule and amendments are the result of a statutorily required review process. These proposed changes are...

 

FWP Proposing Grizzly Bear Release Sites for Commission, Public Review

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is proposing a wide array of grizzly bear relocation sites to the Fish and Wildlife Commission following new statutory requirements set by the 2021 Montana Legislature. The proposed relocation sites provide options for...

 

Commission to Consider Adjustments to Wolf Trapping, Snaring Regulations

The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission is considering adjustments to wolf trapping regulations for the 2021 season at its Oct. 28 meeting. The proposed changes are aimed at minimizing the possibility of non-target capture of lynx and grizzly...

 

Record High Misuse of Canyon Ferry Public Lands, Campgrounds

Canyon Ferry Reservoir saw record-high use and increased visitors during the 2021 recreation season. Reclamation is proud to manage Canyon Ferry’s public federal lands, that belong to the American people, and exist for the benefit of all. Staff mem...

 

Hunters Kill Grizzly Bear in Self-Defense Encounter

A small group of hunters shot and killed a grizzly bear in the backcountry east of Gardiner on Oct. 3. The hunters were processing a harvested elk near Bull Mountain during an early-season rifle hunt in Hunting District 316 when the bear appeared nea...

 

Missouri Headwaters State Park Master Plan Advisory Team to Meet Oct. 22

Staff from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and WWC Engineering will host a work session meeting as part of an ongoing process to develop a master plan for Missouri Headwaters State Park. The public is invited to attend. The meeting will include a proj...

 

Volunteers Needed for Cave Restoration at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park are seeking volunteers to help with a post-season cleaning of the caverns. Volunteers in this event will get the chance to see the caverns up close as they work to reduce some...

 

Block Management Program Info Available August 10th

Hunters will be able to obtain the 2021 Block Management Area (BMA) program information beginning Aug. 10. Hunters are encouraged to request their 2021 BMA Access Guide online and download or print individual BMA maps at fwp.mt.gov/BMA. By utilizing...

 

Additional Fire Restrictions in Place for FWP Sites in Several Southwest Montana Counties

Additional fire restrictions are in place for properties managed by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in several southwest Montana counties due to high fire danger. FWP sites in Silver Bow, Beaverhead and Madison counties have entered Stage-2 fire...

 

Fires Banned at Most FWP Properties in Jefferson County

Stage-1 fire restrictions will be in effect until further notice at most Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks properties in Jefferson County beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 10, due to high fire danger. This follows Stage-1 fire restrictions...

 

Comment Period Open for Proposed Wastewater Facilities Upgrades at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff at Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park are proposing to replace and upgrade the septic drain field at the park. The new system would handle projected increases in visitation over the next 20 years. The existing...

 

Game Wardens Seek Information on Pelicans Killed on Jefferson River

Game wardens with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks are seeking information on two pelicans that were recently shot and killed illegally on the Jefferson River. The pelicans were found near the...

 

Caverns Friday Summer Speakers Series: 'Karst is Where the Heart is'

Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park will host a free talk entitled “Karst is Where the Heart is” on Friday, June 11, at 8 p.m. in the park’s campground amphitheater. Karst landscapes, from their towering mountains depicted in traditional Chinese...

 

Missouri Headwaters Summer Speaker Series: Music from Rob Quist

Missouri Headwaters State Park will host a free concert featuring Montana musician Rob Quist on Saturday, June 12, at 7 p.m. in the park campground. Bring your own lawn chair. A marshmallow roast will follow. The 2021 theme for the park’s Summer...

 

Caverns Friday Summer Speakers Series - Hiking Jefferson County

On Friday, May 28, Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park will host a free talk entitled “Hiking Jefferson County” at 8 p.m. in the park’s campground amphitheater. It will be presented by Vaia Errett, a local volunteer and hiking enthusiast. This is...

 

Grizzly Bear Killed Following West Yellowstone Attack

A grizzly bear was shot and killed Friday while Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff investigated the scene of a bear attack that happened Thursday near West Yellowstone. Thursday’s attack involved a 40-year-old West Yellowstone man, who was...

 

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