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Proposal to Use Cattle Grazing for Managing Elk Habitat on a Portion of Spotted Dog WMA and Neighboring Private Lands—Decision Notice

Decision Notices

04/10/2019

FWP has issued the decision notice (DN) for its proposal to implement an exchange-of-use cooperative grazing system (grazing system) on the Spotted Dog Wildlife Management Area (SDWMA) and adjacent private lands in Powell County northeast of Deer Lodge, Montana. The proposed grazing system would seek to establish a balanced distribution of grazing by elk and cattle to improve grassland habitats across SDWMA and private ownership boundaries. The grazing system would be implemented on a portion (~8% or 2,800 acres) of SDWMA and would remain in effect for approximately 6 years beginning in early summer 2019. In the DN, FWP explains its rationale for recommending that the Fish & Wildlife Commission approve the proposal to use cattle grazing for managing elk habitat on a portion of Spotted Dog WMA and neighboring private lands. With the addition of public comments and FWP responses to comments in the public involvement process, FWP accepts the draft environmental assessment (EA) as final. The DN also includes all public comments received during the public comment period. FWP will request approval for this proposal from the Fish & Wildlife Commission at its regularly scheduled meeting on April 25, 2019 in Helena.

Contact Information

Sharon Rose | Region 2 FWP | 3201 Spurgin Rd., Missoula, MT 59804 | 406-542-5540 | shrose@mt.gov