Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Recent News (RSS) Most recent 25 news releases en en Informational Meeting on Proposed Mountain Lion Management, Monitoring Strategy Kalispell, MT — A public information meeting on the conservation and management of mountain lion populations in Montana is scheduled for Nov. 29, 2018 in Kalispell. Wed, 14 Nov 2018 22:05:11 GMT 2018-11-14T22:05:11Z Colder temperatures and snow improve elk movement and hunter success Variable weather across southwest Montana brought snow to higher elevations. Colder temperatures contributed to higher elk movement and improved tracking. With mild temperatures state-wide until this past weekend, hunters waited for improved conditions to pursue game. Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:33:22 GMT 2018-11-14T16:33:22Z Columbia Falls Community Pond Breaks Ground Kalispell, MT — Work is underway on the new community fishing pond at River’s Edge Park in Columbia Falls. Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:42:25 GMT 2018-11-14T15:42:25Z Investigation Identifies Grizzly Bear in Surprise Attack Near Columbia Falls Kalispell, MT — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ investigation into a surprise bear attack last weekend northwest of Columbia Falls has confirmed that an adult grizzly bear was involved in the encounter. Tue, 13 Nov 2018 21:35:54 GMT 2018-11-13T21:35:54Z Hunter Success Increasing in Northwest Montana Kalispell, MT — Hunters were more successful last weekend across northwest Montana as the big-game hunting season approaches its final weeks. Tue, 13 Nov 2018 21:34:45 GMT 2018-11-13T21:34:45Z Mountain lion hunting to close in HD 210 The hunting of all mountain lions in western Montana hunting district 210, which includes portions of Missoula and Granite counties, will close at one-half hour after sunset on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:58:12 GMT 2018-11-13T18:58:12Z All mountain lion hunting closed in HD 392 The hunting of all mountain lions in southwestern Montana hunting district 392 which include portions of Broadwater and Lewis and Clark counties closed at one-half hour after sunset on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. Tue, 13 Nov 2018 18:35:06 GMT 2018-11-13T18:35:06Z Hunter Harvest Steady Across West-Central Montana Big game harvest in west-central Montana maintained a steady pace through the fourth weekend of the general hunting season, bringing totals in line with average. Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:39:57 GMT 2018-11-13T17:39:57Z Testing confirms chronic wasting disease in deer harvested in Liberty and Carbon counties Second tests on tissue samples from a white-tailed buck harvested in southern Liberty County and a mule deer doe harvested within the CWD-positive area in Carbon County came back positive for chronic wasting disease. The lab at Colorado State University confirmed the tests. Thu, 08 Nov 2018 16:31:52 GMT 2018-11-08T16:31:52Z Deer Season to End in Part of Region 4, CWD Check Stations Reduce Hours Hunters need to be aware that the deer season will soon close in four hunting districts in Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 4. Wed, 07 Nov 2018 17:55:24 GMT Bruce Auchly 2018-11-07T17:55:24Z Elk, Mule Deer Harvest Still Down, Whitetail Harvest Up Slightly on Front Elk and mule deer harvest on the Rocky Mountain Front continues to lag behind long-term averages, probably because of continued mild weather, a state wildlife biologist said. Wed, 07 Nov 2018 17:52:33 GMT Bruce Auchly 2018-11-07T17:52:33Z FWP Looking for Information on Elk Poaching West of Drummond Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is seeking information on two elk that were poached early this week approximately seven miles west of Drummond along the frontage road. Wed, 07 Nov 2018 16:54:46 GMT 2018-11-07T16:54:46Z Elk Harvest Remains Slow Amid Mild Tempuratures, Slow Migration Elk Harvest Remains Slow Amid Mild Temperatures, Slow Migration Wed, 07 Nov 2018 16:03:39 GMT 2018-11-07T16:03:39Z South central Montana check stations see more hunters, lower harvest than in 2017 The number of hunters who stopped at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ check station in south central Montana over the weekend was up sharply from a year ago. But the measured harvest of deer and elk was down. Mon, 05 Nov 2018 23:04:15 GMT 2018-11-05T23:04:15Z Rare Caribou Sightings Reported in Northwest Montana Kalispell, MT — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks regional staff have received reports of a rare sight in northwest Montana. Mon, 05 Nov 2018 21:12:07 GMT 2018-11-05T21:12:07Z Mountain lion hunting to close in districts 411 & 412 The hunting of mountain lions in north central Montana hunting districts 411 and 412, which includes portions of Golden Valley, Fergus, and Judith Basin counties, shall close at one-half hour after sunset on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Mon, 05 Nov 2018 19:09:25 GMT 2018-11-05T19:09:25Z Whitetail Deer, Elk Harvests Remain Slow in Northwest Montana Kalispell, MT — Mild weather conditions continue to hamper hunter success across northwest Montana. Mon, 05 Nov 2018 18:26:27 GMT 2018-11-05T18:26:27Z Hunting Season Picks up Pace Across West-Central Montana Hunter activity and harvest picked up in the third weekend of the general big game season in west-central Montana. Mon, 05 Nov 2018 17:16:00 GMT 2018-11-05T17:16:00Z Registration Open for Wolf Trapping Certification Class Kalispell, MT — Registration is open for a free wolf trapping education and certification class next month in Kalispell. Mon, 05 Nov 2018 16:42:44 GMT 2018-11-05T16:42:44Z Game Wardens Investigating Elk Poached Near Troy Kalispell, MT — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks game wardens are investigating the illegal killing of a bull elk west of Troy. Fri, 02 Nov 2018 22:42:51 GMT 2018-11-02T22:42:51Z FWP and City of Missoula Issue Reminder that Hunting is not Allowed on Mount Jumbo City Lands Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the City of Missoula issued a reminder this week that rifle or archery hunting is not allowed on city-owned conservation lands on Mount Jumbo. Fri, 02 Nov 2018 20:10:19 GMT 2018-11-02T20:10:19Z CWD samples from regions 4 and 5 come back suspect A white-tailed buck harvested in southern Liberty County was found to be suspect for chronic wasting disease. Thu, 01 Nov 2018 22:28:14 GMT 2018-11-01T22:28:14Z Wolf Creek Bridge Fishing Access Site on Missouri River Reopens Wolf Creek Bridge Fishing Access Site, which was closed for construction most of October, has reopened. Thu, 01 Nov 2018 21:44:00 GMT Bruce Auchly 2018-11-01T21:44:00Z Second weekend sees lower harvest, reminder for hunters to be bear aware Mild temperatures in Southwestern Montana challenged hunters and kept harvest numbers below the long-term average in most areas. Wed, 31 Oct 2018 14:48:25 GMT 2018-10-31T14:48:25Z Mild Weather Keeps Hunter Activity and Harvest Down Across Western Montana Continued mild weather contributed to lower than usual hunter activity and harvest through the second weekend of hunting season in western Montana. Tue, 30 Oct 2018 16:19:25 GMT 2018-10-30T16:19:25Z