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    MONTANA OUTDOORS

    Eying the New Neighbors

    Smallmouth bass are moving upstream on the Yellowstone. Will they harm the river’s renowned trout population?

    “I wouldn’t say anyone has panicked, but we definitely hear from some concerned trout anglers in the Livingston area,” says Scott Opitz, FWP biologist for the upper Yellowstone River.

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    BOATING REMINDER

    Watercraft users MUST stop at AIS inspection stations every time

    Montana FWP wardens would like to remind watercraft users that they must stop every time they pass an AIS inspection station, even if they have previously been inspected.

    For example, if a person goes through an inspection station at 7 a.m. and receives a copy of the watercraft inspection form, and then drives past the same inspection station at 2 p.m. on their way home, they need to stop again.

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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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