Wildlife And Parks
MISSOULA — Every year, sportsmen from all over the country make thousands of inquiries to state wildlife biologists on topics ranging from clarifications on hunting regulations to tips on places to go.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will hold hearings on Thursday at several locations on proposed new rules to establish a voluntary wolf management stamp for anyone to make a donation to Montana's wolf management program.
Facing criticism from the public, a water drawdown planned to begin Friday at Paulo Reservoir south of Glasgow has been postponed, Bureau of Land Management officials said Tuesday.
Bidding wars on coveted big game hunting tags are common at conservation group gatherings, but on Thursday a couple of those groups were vying against each other to be the auctioneer of some of the popular Montana tags.
State wildlife officials are reviving a plan to issue elk-kill permits to landowners in parts of southern Montana to reduce the spread of disease to cattle.
Portions of the Dearborn, Sun and Smith rivers will be closed to fishing from 2 p.m. to midnight beginning Friday to protect trout as warm weather has raised the water temperature.
Hunters can buy over-the-counter antelope licenses and surplus licenses for deer B, elk B and antelope beginning Monday, but in some areas very few licenses are available so they’re expected to go fast.
Bobcat fur farm looks to move from N.D.
State and federal agencies along with the Beartooth Alliance have set a meeting for July 31 to discuss fisheries management projects on Soda Butte Creek near the northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
In response to dry, warm weather that could increase the danger of human-caused wildfires, three state parks (Cooney, Pictograph Cave and Yellowstone River state parks) in Yellowstone and Carbon Counties are under Stage 1 Fire Restrictions.
A portion of the East Gallatin River in Bozeman would be improved under the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Future Fisheries Improvement Program.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will be using a helicopter in the Crazy Mountains for backcountry lake survey and monitoring work.
Bison proponents and opponents Tuesday created four example alternatives under which a test herd would be released somewhere in Montana.
Of the more than 30 people who spoke to a state bison discussion group on Monday, about the only thing they could agree on is that the large mammals are a controversial issue.
HELENA — The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a plan Thursday to close all or parts of 32 counties to sage-grouse hunting and to shorten the hunting season from two months to one.
MISSOULA — Private landowners may kill up to 100 wolves a year they believe are threatening livestock, dogs or people under a new state law that doesn’t count toward Montana’s wolf-hunting season.
MISSOULA — Crews on Saturday continued to clean up debris from a Montana Rail Link freight train that derailed near Fish Creek, sending three aircraft fuselages down an embankment and into the Clark Fork River.
After proposing in May to halt all sage grouse hunting in Montana this season, Fish, Wildlife and Parks has modified its plan to only shorten and constrict the hunt, which is still the longest in the nation.
The working group charged with developing elk management options in areas where the transmission of brucellosis between elk and livestock is a concern will meet in Bozeman on July 8 to review the results of last winter's activities.
After the last meeting set for Lewistown was canceled, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has scheduled a two-day discussion in Billings, July 14-15, on issues related to a bison conservation and a management plan for Montana.