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    WATERCRAFT INSPECTION

    Keeping vigilant on protecting Montana's waterways

    With summer more than half over, more than 23,000 watercraft have been inspected at FWP aquatic invasive species inspection stations around the state.

    “This hot and dry weather has a lot of people looking to cool off in Montana’s lakes and rivers,” said FWP’s AIS bureau chief Thomas Woolf. “Get out on the water and fun, remember to stop at any open watercraft inspection station that you encounter in your travels.”

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    BORN TO BE WILD

    They're sure cute, but please leave baby animals alone

    Each spring, FWP receives several calls from people who have picked up deer fawns or other wildlife.

    Remember, ALL wildlife and their young should be left in the wild. If you see a young animal alone or injured, whether a deer, a goose or a grizzly, keep your distance. Animals often thrive without our intervention, and their odds of surviving in the wild are much greater if they are left alone.

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    ANGLER REMINDER

    Don't forget your AIS Prevention Pass

    The Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Pass was approved as part of Senate Bill 363 and is required for all anglers. The cost is $2 for residents and $15 for nonresidents.

    The AIS Prevention Pass is available at all Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks license providers and online. Anglers who have already purchased licenses will need to go online or to a license provider and purchase the new pass.

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    ORDER ONLINE

    New boat validation decals required

    Owners of motorboats, sailboats or personal watercraft need to get new, free 2017-2020 validation decals for their watercraft soon. The current blue decals expired Feb. 28. Boaters who have permanently registered their boats, sailboats, or PWC must still obtain two free boat validation decals every three years at FWP regional and area offices or online.

Permit drawing process continues:

The drawing for elk permits was restarted today due to a process error. The elk and deer permit drawing process started on Monday with non-resident big game combo licenses. If applicants are successful in the license drawing then they move into elk and/or deer permit drawings, which happens next. The multi-layered drawing process typically takes a few days to complete.

Barring any other unforeseen problems, we anticipate that results will be posted online by the end of the week. Thank you for your patience.

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