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FWP To Host Open House & Commission Meeting In Miles City

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Commission

MILES CITY, Mont.--Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a public open house and the Fish & Wildlife Commission's regular monthly meeting in Miles City, Oct. 9-10.

The open house will be hosted for area residents to informally visit with Chief of Staff Mike Volesky, Fish & Wildlife Commissioners and other FWP staff.  Director Jeff Hagener will not be present at the open house due to previous commitments to the Governor’s Sage Grouse Advisory Council.

The open house starts at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Sleep Inn & Suites, 1006 South Haynes Ave. Earlier on Oct. 9 the commissioners will tour sites on the Yellowstone River.

The commission meeting, which is also open to the public, begins at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 10 at Miles City Community College, Room 106, 2715 Dickinson St.

Commissioners will take final action on fishing regulation changes for 2014; a work plan for elk management in areas with brucellosis; emergency deer season adjustments in some central Montana hunting districts impacted by an outbreak of epizootic hemorrhagic disease; vehicle-killed wildlife salvage rules; Upper and Lower Big Spring Creek fishing access site acquisitions near Lewistown; a North Shore Flathead Lake acquisition near Somers; and an addition to the Elk Island Wildlife Management Area near Sidney.

In addition, new proposals will be considered on Seeley Lake bass limits and rules to implement a new state law that allows unlicensed landowners or their agents to take wolves that are a threat to human safety.

FWP will also ask commissioners to endorse a number of land related matters, including additions to the following WMAs: Fish Creek, Garrity Mountain, Mount Haggin, Wall Creek, and Blackleaf. Also up for initial endorsement is a land exchanged on the Marias River WMA and conservation easements near Deer Lodge and Forsyth.

At a post-lunch work session, where no official action will be taken, commissioners will discuss archery elk management in the Missouri Breaks area and recent public comments on 2014-15 hunting season regulations.

The full agenda for the meeting can be found on FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov. Click "For Commission Information".

A speakerphone connection to the meeting will be available at FWP's regional and Helena headquarters. FWP ensures its meetings are fully accessible to those with special needs. To request arrangements, call FWP at 406-444-3186.