Montana’s first comprehensive assessment of its fish, wildlife, and habitats was submitted for federal approval this week. The assessment is the state's contribution to a national effort to keep species from being listed under the federal Endangered Species Act, and its completion keeps Montana in line to receive federal funding to conserve species in need within its borders. (Headquarters - CFWCS - 09/30/2005)
Big game hunters hold Montana’s vigorous moose population in high regard. This year 23,461 hunters applied to be in the drawing for a moose license—21,467 of them resident and 1,994 nonresident hunters. (Headquarters - Hunting - 09/30/2005)
The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission recently adopted a new rule that allows landowners to herd or haze game animals with aircraft in order to prevent crop or other damage to private property. (Headquarters - Hunting - 09/30/2005)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced that about $235,000 in 2006 federal Land & Water Conservation Fund Program funding will be available to local, public outdoor recreation projects in 2006. Officials said cities, counties, school districts, conservation districts, Indian tribes, and other interested parties will receive a mailing with details on applying. The application deadline is Feb. 24, 2006. (Headquarters - State Parks - 09/30/2005)
This will be the last fishing report of the 2005 season, but that certainly doesn’t mean that the best of the fishing is over. Some of the year's best action happens in the fall, as lower water temperatures, shorter days, and the onset of winter brings out an aggressive nature in the fish. (Headquarters - Fishing - 09/29/2005)
Deer and elk antlers seized in one of the biggest poaching cases in Montana history will be on display at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Missoula through the end of October. The multi-state investigation was initiated in 2001 when a game warden reported suspicious activity in the Seeley Lake area.
(Region 2 - Headlines - 09/28/2005)
Bear conflicts in the Missoula area have been lower than the past few summers, but a few recent reports of bears in yards and garbage cans reminds us that bears are still active and may wander into neighborhoods searching for food. (Region 2 - Headlines - 09/28/2005)