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Mountain lion population

Mountain lion population

Mountain lion population estimates made by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks researchers are being questioned by hunters in western Montana.

April 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Mountain lion population

Mountain lion population

A new report by the Teton Cougar Project shows that cougars are not as solitary as previously thought.

April 13, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
FWP researchers collecting DNA samples from Bitterroot mountain lions

FWP researchers collecting DNA samples from Bitterroot mountain lions

HAMILTON – Ben Jimenez has seen more mountain lions in the past couple of months than most people see in a lifetime.

February 11, 2013 9:15 am Photos

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Ben Jimenez hunts lion

Ben Jimenez hunts lion

FWP's Ben Jimenez waits for a chance at a shot at a treed mountain lion. The researchers use a hollowed dart to collect a DNA sample.

February 11, 2013 7:36 amLoading…
FWP seeks expansion of wolf hunting, trapping

FWP seeks expansion of wolf hunting, trapping

HELENA — State wildlife officials asked lawmakers Thursday to make it easier to hunt and trap wolves in Montana, while a Bozeman legislator backed off a proposal to cap the population at 250 of the predators.

January 10, 2013 12:49 pmLoading…
More landowners ending access over Milk River Ranch purchase

More landowners ending access over Milk River Ranch purchase

GREAT FALLS — More landowners in north-central Montana are joining the protest of the state's purchase of a ranch along the Milk River by closing their land to public recreation.

January 04, 2013 8:21 am Photos

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Wolf trapping season begins; protesters decry new program

Wolf trapping season begins; protesters decry new program

MISSOULA — Montana’s 2012 wolf hunt shifted to a new gear on Saturday as trapping became a legal way to take the predators.

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Captive whitetail deer injures Florence woman in barn attack

FLORENCE – A Florence-area woman was seriously injured Tuesday morning by a whitetail deer buck that was apparently being kept illegally at her residence.

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Moose calves over dead mother

Moose calves over dead mother

On Monday, FWP released a photograph of two moose calves standing over the body of their dead mother, which was killed near the top end of Belt Park Road in the Little Belt Mountains in the early morning hours of Oct. 25.

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Helena forest reviewing possible changes to elk security standards

Helena forest reviewing possible changes to elk security standards

HELENA — The Lincoln and Helena ranger districts on the Helena National Forest are considering changing their methods for assessing elk hiding cover after losing logging lawsuits that alleged the federal agency wasn’t in compliance with its own standards.

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Grizzly captured near Columbia Falls, relocated

KALISPELL — A 4-year-old male grizzly that was eating apples in residential areas near Columbia Falls has been captured and relocated.

October 05, 2012 5:30 amLoading…
Relocated black bear makes 60-mile, 2-week trek back to Helena

Relocated black bear makes 60-mile, 2-week trek back to Helena

A big black bear that’s having a hard time being convinced that he’s too wild for the streets of Helena is being given one last chance to stick to country living.

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FWP proposes leaving wolf-killing decision to federal agents

FWP proposes leaving wolf-killing decision to federal agents

HELENA — Federal agents no longer would need state permission to remove problem wolves under a new draft proposal released by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

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Grizzly that killed lambs near Lincoln relocated to Great Bear Wilderness

HELENA — A young grizzly bear with a hankering for lamb was captured near Flescher Pass last week and relocated — aptly enough — to the Great Bear Wilderness Area.

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FWP kills mountain lion in Clearwater Junction area

FWP kills mountain lion in Clearwater Junction area

MISSOULA — State wildlife officials have shot and killed a young, male mountain lion suspected of frightening several campers in the Clearwater Junction area.

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Montana wildlife officials relocate grizzly bear

MISSOULA — Workers with the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department have relocated a grizzly bear that killed a calf near the town of Augusta.

July 07, 2012 6:17 pmLoading…
FWP wants to buy remainder of Spotted Dog mineral rights

FWP wants to buy remainder of Spotted Dog mineral rights

When the state purchased the 27,616-acre Spotted Dog property for $15.2 million less than two years ago, it only received mineral rights on half of the land and now wants to buy the rest of the underlying rights for an additional $70,000.

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Schweitzer adviser takes job as deputy director of Montana FWP

HELENA — Mike Volesky, the governor’s natural resource policy adviser, has taken a new job as deputy director of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

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FWP commission hears wolf hunt plan

HELENA — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks commissioners are being asked to give initial approval to a wolf hunt plan that would allow trapping and eliminate quotas.

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Highway accidents decimating bighorn sheep herd in Thompson Falls area

Motor vehicle collisions have continued to decimate a bighorn sheep herd in the Thompson Falls area, and wildlife officials said the declining population has reached a new nadir and represents an alarming trend.

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