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Fish & Wildlife

Montanans' love for fish and wildlife is reflected in our rates of participation in outdoor activities. We do more outdoors than Americans in general, and even more than people in our region. Similarly, people from elsewhere know Montana as a place of natural riches. The nearly 10 million annual visitors to Montrana state represent 10 times Montana's resident population and account for about 43,000 jobs, for an economic impact of $2.75 billion annually.

In addition to hunting and fishing, wildlife watching is listed consistently by Montanans and visitors as one of their primary activities in this state. Communities throughout Montana have developed birding trails, wildlife festivals, enhanced fishing opportunities and added amenities and attractions that cater to hunters.

Statewide Fisheries Management Plan 2014–2018

FWP is seeking public comments on a proposed Statewide Fisheries Management Plan that describes the main fisheries programs and management priorities for all waters in the state.

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AIS Summit 2014

The summit was held February 5-6, in Helena, MT. It was an opportunity for people to share ideas, progress, and problems in the fight against AIS. [Learn more].

Opportunity for Public Comment

Montana’s fish and wildlife riches are very much a part of what defines Montana and Montanans.

These fish and wildlife web pages provide information about every aspect of Montana’s fish and wildlife story. You will find information about conservation, management, rehabilitation, research, disease, habitat, and living with wildlife. Of course, you can find more specific information about fishing, hunting, and trapping in Montana or visit the Montana Animal Field Guide for more specific species information.

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Cold Warriors

Maybe the meadowlarks and mourning doves have the right idea: When the snow flies, take the first flight out of here. So where does that leave bears, deer mice, frogs, and other wildlife when Montana's long, cold winter sets in? Like you and me, they're stuck here for the duration, dealing with it.
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