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FWP Seeking Comment on Ninepipe WMA Draft Management Plan


Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for a draft management plan for the Ninepipe Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in Lake County. This management plan provides a layout of goals, priorities, issues, and strategies for managing Ninepipe WMA. The plan describes FWP’s overall management direction as well as anticipated near-term and long-term management actions, both for communication to interested publics and for guiding FWP staff.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife )

Avian Influenza Reported in a Captive Gyrfalcon from Columbia Falls


Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been confirmed in a gyrfalcon from Columbia Falls. This is the first case of HPAI reported in the state. The gyrfalcon is the largest of the falcon species, weighing 2-3 pounds, and can be used as a captive bird for hunting and the art of falconry. The falcon died of unexplained causes and was sent to the FWP Wildlife Lab in Bozeman. The gyrfalcon was confirmed to have HPAI strain H5N2 at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, IA. No human health issues have been reported for this strain, to date, and no mortalities in domestic poultry in Montana have been detected.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife )

Upland Game Bird Council To Meet In Helena April 13


An advisory council that developed recommendations for Montana's upland game bird enhancement program will meet in Helena April 13 to discuss planning efforts for the 2015 field season.

(Headquarters - Fish & Wildlife )

National Park Service and State of Montana Seek Public Input on New Bison Management Plan


The National Park Service (NPS) and the State of Montana (Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Montana Department of Livestock) announced today that they will begin preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a new plan to manage a wild and migratory population of Yellowstone-area bison, while minimizing the risk of brucellosis transmission between bison and livestock to the extent practicable. A Notice of Intent has been published in the Federal Register. The new plan is needed because conditions have changed since implementation of the Interagency Bison Management Plan began in 2001, including agency experience in managing bison and new science.

(Headquarters - Fish & Wildlife )

Love in the Time of Cold


One day it’s warm and sunny, the next day cold and snowy.

(Region 4 - Fish & Wildlife )

Reminder: Think Watchable Wildlife At Tax Time


The annual nongame income tax check-off fund on state tax-return forms, helps Montana's wild creatures and offers Montana tax-payers a tax deduction.

(Headquarters - Fish & Wildlife )

Finding Ways to Live with Deer in Montana Communities


A healthy, vibrant population of deer is important to Montanans. When high deer numbers are found on the edge of town or within the city limits, however, conflicts can arise. Deer in an urban setting can damage gardens and ornamental plants, threaten human safety, damage property, and lead to expensive car/deer accidents.

(Region 6 - Fish & Wildlife )


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