Wildlife And Parks
Without passage of a bill that would increase hunting and fishing license fees, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks could face a 20 percent budget cut that could result in the closure of hatcheries, regional offices and the laying off of about 100 employees.
Shovelnose sturgeon and emerald shiners that were netted by Fish, Wildlife and Parks personnel in the Yellowstone River downstream from a Jan. 17 oil spill will be tested at a Billings lab for exposure to petroleum chemicals.
Montana's new 2015 hunting and fishing year begins on March 1. Licenses are on sale — and applications for resident and nonresident deer and elk hunting permits are now available.
BOZEMAN — Gallatin County could become the third county in southwestern Montana where a state game warden can also cite people for drunken driving.
BOZEMAN — With hopes of reducing hunting conflicts by encouraging better behavior, a citizen’s group has taken the first steps toward developing an educational and media campaign to encourage Montana hunters to use good ethics.
The problem seems insurmountable.
Wyoming seems to be off the hook.
Guided by lessons learned during the response to the 2011 oil spill in the Yellowstone River, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are attempting to gather baseline data on the effects of Saturday’s oil spill into the Yellowstone near Glendive.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has issued consumption advisory for fish caught in the Yellowstone River in the area of a Jan. 17 oil spill west of Glendive.
About 30 bighorn sheep — roughly one-third of two herds that live in the Gardiner area — have died this winter, probably from an outbreak of pneumonia.
A lethal removal of 10 elk in the Paradise Valley has been approved in an attempt to push elk off private agricultural land next to the Dome Mountain Wildlife Management Area.
Charles “Bill” Foster and his wife, Sally, were sentenced Thursday for their role in one of the biggest fish- and wildlife-related cases in southwest Montana in recent years.
The transmission of brucellosis from elk to cattle in southwestern Montana will be the topic of a discussion at Montana State University in Bozeman on Saturday.
HELENA — A pair of bills that would ramp up penalties for a variety of hunting offenses by imposing two-year licensing bans will make their first appearances in legislative committees on Tuesday.
With disease limiting a southwestern Montana bighorn sheep herd’s viability, state wildlife officials are considering a new method to restore sheep populations in the area — allowing hunters to kill all of the existing bighorns.
Two Jefferson County men were fined $9,270 and lost their hunting, fishing and trapping privileges for two years for trespassing and poaching two bull elk — one a trophy — on a private ranch on the Rocky Mountain Front last hunting season.
The Miles City chapter of Walleyes Unlimited and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has set up a Christmas tree drop-off location at Spotted Eagle.
A 120-foot portion of Ruby Creek in the Madison Valley will be rerouted to keep a historic homestead cabin from falling into the stream.
Development of a new fishing access site on upper Prickly Pear Creek near Clancy has been approved.
BOZEMAN — Increasing license fees is a priority for the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Department in the upcoming legislative session, agency Director Jeff Hagener said.