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Spring's melting snow packs and high water can create swift, cold currents and dangerous eddies for boaters. Such conditions, combined with ice cold waters, make hypothermia a serious threat.   Boaters heading out for the first time this season need to assess the condition of their boat and gear, and check to be certain they are equipped for the colder, early boating season.
(Headquarters - Fishing - 04/28/2006)
Montana boat owners preparing for the 2006 season are reminded to obtain the proper decals on their vessel before launching.   Sailboats 12 feet long and longer, and all motorboats and personal watercraft (jet skis), must be registered, numbered and display the proper decals.
(Headquarters - Fishing - 04/28/2006)
Loons are appearing on northwestern Montana lakes and preparing to nest. Loons are among the state's "commuter" species. They winter along the Pacific coastline and return here in late April. One female banded in 1997 migrated almost 1,000 miles from the coast of central California to Montana in less than five days. This 15-year old loon made it safely back to Montana again this spring.
(Headquarters - Headlines - 04/28/2006)
The loons' eerie calls echo across the glassy, evening waters of lakes in northwestern Montana, somehow enhancing the solitude. In fact, they require solitude spring and summer to successfully breed and raise their young. Of the 65 pairs that attempt to nest in Montana, only about 30 pairs successfully hatch and raise one to two chicks each year.
(Headquarters - Headlines - 04/28/2006)
Montana’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is offering a “Jane Deere” workshop specifically for farm and ranch women. The workshop is set for   June 9 – 11 at the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Ranch near Dupuyer. Women who attend the Jane Deere workshop will gain hands-on experience in identifying wildlife, target shooting, plant identification, using a GPS, nature journaling, bird identification, using chain saws and more.
(Headquarters - Headlines - 04/28/2006)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks statistics show more hunters are using the Internet in 2006 to apply for special big game hunting permits and licenses. So far this spring, about 10,000 hunters have applied over the Internet for the May 1 and June 1 special drawings, already a 46 percent increase over last year at this time.
(Headquarters - Headlines - 04/28/2006)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks' Trails Programs staff will provide two-hour training sessions to assist those applying for Recreational Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Program grants.   The grant application deadline for the next funding cycle is July 1.
(Headquarters - State Parks - 04/28/2006)
Montana’s TIP-MONT "crimestopper" program is at work year round because wildlife crimes and vandalism occur year round. Recently 18 people who phoned in information useful to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in solving crimes received a total of $11,400 in reward money. The potential reward and the fact reports can remain anonymous are two good reasons to keep the TIP-MONT number handy. It is 1-800-TIP-MONT, or 1-800-847-6668.
(Headquarters - State Parks - 04/28/2006)
Montana has numerous laws prohibiting the capture, feeding, possession and harassment of wildlife—both game and nongame species. These laws also protect Montana's wild animals from becoming "pets." Oddly, no single state law specifically states: "Do not remove newborn animals from their mothers, or from the wild."   Yet, in most cases, when newborn animals are removed from the wild they are healthy with a parent nearby.
(Headquarters - Headlines - 04/27/2006)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has written a draft environmental assessment (EA) for Lone Pine State Park (T28N, R22W, S24) in Flathead County for the purpose of granting an easement on the existing tower access road to a telecommunications company for the purpose of accessing their existing tower near the park’s northwest boundary . In consideration for this easement, park managers would receive additional noxious weed treatment funds to be used at Lone Pine. The five-year easement would
(Region 1 - Headlines - 04/26/2006)

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