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FWP facing biologist shortage in Region 2

FWP facing biologist shortage in Region 2

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.

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Hearings set on new wolf stamp

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.

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Agencies to rethink draining reservoir

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.

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Conservation groups vie to auction big game licenses

Conservation groups vie to auction big game licenses

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.

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FWP commissioners give initial OK to elk plan

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.

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Hot water closes fishing on 3 rivers

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.

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Surplus licenses go on sale Monday

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.

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Bobcat fur farm looks to move from North Dakota to Montana

Bobcat fur farm looks to move from N.D.

July 27, 2014 12:30 pmLoading…

Meeting set on fisheries projects for Soda Butte Creek

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.

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State FWP bans campfires in Yellowstone, Carbon counties

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.

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Project would improve East Gallatin River

Project would improve East Gallatin River

A portion of the East Gallatin River in Bozeman would be improved under the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Future Fisheries Improvement Program.

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Biologists to check Crazy Mountains fish

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will be using a helicopter in the Crazy Mountains for backcountry lake survey and monitoring work.

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Group offers up ideas to formulate new state bison management plan

Group offers up ideas to formulate new state bison management plan

Bison proponents and opponents Tuesday created four example alternatives under which a test herd would be released somewhere in Montana.

July 15, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Advisory panel hears concerns about bison reintroduction from public

Advisory panel hears concerns about bison reintroduction from public

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.

July 14, 2014 5:18 pm Photos

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Montana approves sage-grouse hunting closures

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.

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Private landowners may kill up to 100 wolves a year

Private landowners may kill up to 100 wolves a year

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.

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Derailment cleared from MRL tracks; fuselages still in river

Derailment cleared from MRL tracks; fuselages still in river

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.

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FWP backs away from statewide sage grouse hunt closure

FWP backs away from statewide sage grouse hunt closure

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.

July 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Elk brucellosis working group to meet

Elk brucellosis working group to meet

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.

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State bison talks set for July 14-15 in Billings

State bison talks set for July 14-15 in Billings

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.

June 27, 2014 3:30 pmLoading…

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