The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission recently approved the state's statewide elk management plan and environmental assessment following an extended public comment period that ended Dec. 6.
The statewide elk management plan, which was discussed this fall at 23 public meetings, provides a new, adaptive framework for elk management that has been under development with public involvement since the fall of 2002.
The elk management plan is being used to set tentative regulations for the 2005 seasons. The draft plan is available on-line.
The final elk management plan will be available online and in printed form in mid-February.