Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet in Helena Feb. 14 to consider final approval of black bear and spring turkey hunting quotas and two bighorn sheep hunting district closures aimed at protecting declining populations.
The meeting, set to begin at 8:30 a.m., will be held at FWP’s Helena headquarters, 1420 E. Sixth Ave.
Commissioners will consider an increase in the fall black bear quota from four to eight bears in eastern Montana; and, for spring turkey, an increase in special permits from 100 to 150 in hunting district 282-20, in Mineral County, and a decrease in special permits from 10 to five in hunting district 445-20 in Cascade County.
The commission also will take final action on bighorn sheep hunting closures in hunting districts 455 north of Helena and for ewes only in 121 near Thompson Falls; the fishing access site annual rule; and the transfer of Madison Buffalo Jump State Park to the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.
In addition, new proposals will be considered on Blackfoot and Clark Fork river rules at Milltown; a temporary boating closure on the Yellowstone River near Livingston for bridge repairs; and the suspension of some portions of FWP's five-year-old plan to manage chronic wasting disease should it ever be detected in Montana deer or elk herds.
Commissioners also will be asked to endorse an opportunity to pursue a fishing access site on Lake Blaine near Kalispell and a new bighorn sheep research proposal.
Informational items, where no official action is taken, include a wrap-up of the recently approved elk-brucellosis work plan and the upcoming recruitment of Livestock Loss Board members.
For the full agenda and additional information, visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov. Click "For Commission Information."
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