Habitat is the KEY to fish and wildlife management in Montana. Habitat is simply the place where an organism lives. To survive, animals must have an “address” that includes food, water, shelter (or cover), and space. These elements must be arranged in such a way that all the elements are available to the animal. Our fish and wildlife resources cannot exist without habitat.
Habitat for our fisheries resources consists of a three-legged stool of essential elements. These three elements are:
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends to do otherwise”
- Aldo Leopold