End-of-season figures compiled from the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 game check station outside Havre show sharply reduced numbers of hunters, deer and pronghorn antelope.
(Region 6 - Hunting - 11/29/2011)
Biologists have completed index counts of bull trout redds (nests) in nine standard stream index sections for the Kootenai River drainage populations for the16th consecutive year. Bull trout spawn in the fall, building nests in tributaries during September and October. These counts serve as an index of how many migratory adult bull trout successfully spawn. Crews also helped British Columbia biologists to survey index streams for the Koocanusa population in the Wigwam drainage. The same stream sections are surveyed annually and represent a known portion of the total bull trout spawning runs in each of the drainages. The 2011 count of 148 redds for non-Koocanusa index streams was less than in 2010 (187) and 78 percent of the 10 year average. (Region 1 - Fishing - 11/29/2011)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Region 3 Citizens’ Advisory Committee will meet in Bozeman on Wednesday, December 7 at the FWP Regional Office (1400 S. 19th Ave.) from 1-7 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. (Region 3 - Councils & Committees - 11/29/2011)
Whitetail deer harvest picked up during the last two weekends of the deer and elk hunting season but still finished behind last year’s totals.
According to FWP Wildlife Manager Jim Williams, the number of whitetail deer, mule deer, and elk checked were down from last year. “The results at our check stations are an indication that deer and elk populations are still down throughout northwest Montana. We’ll know the details of total harvest for each hunting district after the telephone hunter surveys are completed this spring.”
(Region 1 - Hunting - 11/28/2011)
--Six Grizzly Bears Captured and Removed from the NCDE, other Management Actions
--Results of Today’s Monitoring Flight
--Another Grizzly Shot Near Libby
Management Actions and Removals in the NCDE:
Six grizzly bears were captured and removed from the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) in two separate incidents over the past 10 days in northwest Montana. According to Grizzly Bear Management Specialist Tim Manley, the grizzlies, two adult females and four cubs, were captured and removed due to repeated conflicts and in the interest of human safety. The two adult females were captured and euthanized, while managers will try to locate a zoo to take the four cubs.
(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife - 11/28/2011)
After a slow start to the 2011 big-game general hunting season, the number of hunters who went to the field picked up significantly in south central Montana for the closing weekend. (Region 5 - Hunting - 11/28/2011)