A draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared for the FWP’s proposal to translocate wild bison resulting from the bison quarantine facility near Gardiner, Montana to the Green Ranch (Turner Enterprises Inc.) in Gallatin and Madison Counties, Montana and to the Guernsey State Park in Platte County, Wyoming. Bison were brought into in the quarantine feasibility study beginning in 2005 to determine whether it is possible to certify that individual or groups of Yellowstone National Park bison are free from brucellosis, including latent infections of brucellosis, with the ultimate purpose to provide disease-free bison for conservation purposes. These bison otherwise would have been sent to slaughter. The quarantine protocols and research data gathered at the bison quarantine facilities have established processes and monitoring methods that have yielded bison that are seronegative for brucellosis, and that can be used to supplement genetic variation of existing wild bison herds or establish new herds on the American Plains, where appropriate. Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on January 12, 2010. Comments should be sent to the following: Bison Translocation, MFWP, 1420 E. 6th Ave., Helena MT 59601 or email comments to QFBison@mt.gov.
**NEW DATE: A public meeting is scheduled for January 7, 2010, at the Bozeman FWP HQ office, 1400 South 19th Ave, Bozeman, starting at 6:00 p.m., contact 406-994-4042 for more information.
(Species Removal & Relocation - 12/14/2009)
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is requesting public comment on hunting season structure proposals adopted by the FWP Commission at its December 10 meeting.
The information below represents proposals for:
Nonresident Deer and Elk Permit Application Deadlines and other Application Elements;
2010-2011 Deer, Elk and Antelope Seasons and HD Boundaries;
2010-2011 Moose, Sheep and Goat Seasons and HD Boundaries;
2010-2011 Black Bear Seasons, HD Boundaries and Quotas;
2010-2011 Deer, Elk, Antelope, Moose, Sheep, Goat and Black Bear Biennial Quota Ranges;
2010-2011 Bison Seasons and Boundaries;
2010-2011 Lion Seasons and HD Boundaries;
2010-2011 Upland Game Bird and Turkey Seasons and Quotas;
2010-2011 Hunting Season Dates;
2010-2011 Game Damage/Management Season Quota Authorizations
With the exceptions of the changes listed below, 2009 regulations are being re-proposed for 2010 and 2011. For reference, 2009 regulations are available on the FWP website http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/regulations.html
Additionally, 46 public meetings are scheduled at locations across Montana throughout much of January. That meeting schedule is enclosed.
(Hunting - 12/11/2009)
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) issued a decision notice to purchase and accept management responsibilities for a 29.74-acre parcel (currently held by Five Valleys Land Trust), located 7 miles northwest of Anaconda in Deer Lodge County. The parcel will be managed as an addition to Blue-Eyed Nellie Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and is an important wildlife corridor for bighorn sheep. (Decision Notices - 12/04/2009)
The commission prohibited water skiing on Saturday and Sunday of each week and legal holidays from the mouth of the canyon on upper Holter Lake to the Gates of the Mountains near Mann Gulch as a safety precaution because of the narrowness of the canyon and high density of boat traffic through the canyon at these times. The commission is proposing amending the rule to include all activities involving a motorboat or vessel towing a person, including tubes and other water borne activities that have become popular since the adoption of the rule. (ARM Rules - 11/25/2009)