None of the three bison found in the Yellowstone River died from malignant catarrhal fever. Lab results received today regarding the second and third bison tested echo the results of the first bison tested. In all three cases, the tissues show no sign of disease and the exact cause of death cannot be determined. (Region 3 - Fish & Wildlife - 06/18/2013)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is offering several free summer fun and family-oriented learning programs in June and July at Montana Wild, west of Helena near Spring Meadow Lake State Park.
Upcoming programs include:
(Headquarters - Education - 06/18/2013)
Just in time for summer, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff are restocking the 48 sites in Region 6 where children and their families can check out free fishing rods and tackle. (Region 6 - Fishing - 06/16/2013)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for the Youngs Creek Westslope Cutthroat Trout Broodstock Project. FWP proposes to collect approximately 300 juvenile westslope cutthroat from streams within the upper Youngs Creek drainage (Powell County, Range 13W, Township 18N) in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. These fish would be raised to maturity and spawned at the Sekokini Springs Cutthroat Trout Conservation Facility in Blankenship, Montana. Offspring produced from the wild donor fish would be used for restoration efforts associated with the South Fork Flathead Drainage Westslope Cutthroat Trout Conservation Program. The primary goal of this project is to conserve genetic diversity among populations of westslope cutthroat trout. (Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife - 06/16/2013)
A total of 80 anglers with disabilities participated in the 20th annual Fishing Without Barriers Day on Flathead Lake on June 13. The anglers caught a total of 13 lake trout from fishing boats trolling on the lake; the largest lake trout measured 37 inches and weighed an estimated 18 pounds. Anglers also caught dozens of fish from the docks, including pike- minnow and perch. Anglers hailed from the upper Flathead Valley, Kalispell, Polson, Ronan, Eureka, Libby, and as far away as Anaconda, Victor, and Missoula. (Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife - 06/16/2013)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for a draft environmental assessment (EA) for the South Fork of Coal Creek Habitat Enhancement Project. FWP proposes to implement a project to increase available spawning and rearing habitat for westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout by adding large, woody debris into an impaired section of the South Fork of Coal Creek in Flathead County (T32N, R22W, Sections 25 & 26). (Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife - 06/16/2013)
FWP is seeking volunteer applicants to fill four slots on the Region One Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC). The 14-member CAC is in its 18th year and was established to provide input and guidance to FWP from the public. This is a general advisory committee that works with FWP on all issues and programs. (Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife - 06/16/2013)
Here's the perfect gift for Dad and Grandpa: free fishing for all over Father's Day weekend, June 15-16.
"It's a great way to get outdoors with friends and family and it provides everyone in Montana with the opportunity to get hooked on fishing," said Jeff Hagener, director of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena. "You can fish without a license on June 15 and June 16, but you must follow all of Montana's other fishing regulations."
(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife - 06/16/2013)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, the US Forest Service and the US Army Corps of Engineers are sponsoring the annual Troy Kids’ Fishing Day on June 15, 2013 from 9 am to 1 pm. The event will occur at the Troy Community Pond at Roosevelt Park, and is open to kids of all ages. Prizes will be given out for the largest fish. For Questions Contact Jim Dunnigan (MT FWP) 293-4161 ext. 200. (Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife - 06/16/2013)