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Beartooth WMA Grazing Lease Renewal Proposed

Friday, March 22, 2013

Fish & Wildlife - Region 4

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will propose to renew a grazing lease on the Beartooth Wildlife Management Area.
Gary Bertellotti, FWP Region 4 supervisor, issued a decision notice March 20. The decision came at the end of a comment period on an environmental assessment outlining the project. The decision must still be approved by the FWP Commission.
The 32,000-acre Beartooth WMA is located in west central Montana along the western and northern edge of the Big Belt Mountains, occupying land in both Lewis and Clark and Cascade Counties.
The grazing lease will use cattle as a management tool to remove residual vegetation, enhancing the availability and palatability of elk and mule deer forage.
This portion of the WMA has been successfully grazed in a similar fashion with adjacent and cooperating lessee Sieben Live Stock Company for 21 years as part of a larger three-pasture rest-rotation grazing system on 21,440 acres.