Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Recent News (RSS) Most recent 25 news releases en en Young Male Grizzly Captured North of Great Falls, Moved West of Divide A year-and-a-half old, 223-pound, male grizzly bear was captured June 30 on the Teton River north of Great Falls, following a calf depredation. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:15:00 GMT 2014-07-08T14:15:00Z FWP, Anglers Work Together To End Illegal Fish Introductions Montana fisheries officials and major statewide angling groups signed an agreement recently aimed at curbing the spread of illegal fish introductions into state waters. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:15:00 GMT 2014-07-07T21:15:00Z Northern Pike Discovered in Lake Mary Ronan Two northern pike were caught in Lake Mary Ronan on June 26 by an angler from Missoula who was trolling. The first fish was lost at the boat, and the second fish was caught and kept. The angler immediately took the fish to Camp Tuffit were he was staying. The camp owner called FWP Warden Ron Howell who picked up the fish and gave it to FWP fisheries biologists. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:59:20 GMT 2014-07-01T20:59:20Z Elk Brucellosis Working Group To Hold Annual Review Meeting The working group that charged with developing elk management options in areas where the transmission of brucellosis between elk and livestock is a concern will meet in Bozeman July 8 to review the results of last winter's activities. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:21:00 GMT 2014-07-01T20:21:00Z Cutthroat Conservation Project Moving Towards Completion; FWP Proposes to Waive Angling Limits on Koessler Lake within the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area Project status: The South Fork Flathead Cutthroat Conservation Project has been systematically removing non-native fish and replacing them with pure westslope cutthroat. The goal has been to maintain the world class genetically pure westslope cutthroat fishery in the South Fork Flathead River Drainage. FWP Project Biologist Matt Boyer reports that 12 mountain lakes have been successfully chemically treated and an additional 6 lakes are being genetically swamped and may not require chemical treatment. Only three lakes remain on the original list of 21 encompassed by the project in the South Fork Flathead Drainage. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:43:56 GMT 2014-06-30T22:43:56Z Female Grizzly and Cubs Relocated to the South Fork of the Flathead A six-year old, 252-pound female grizzly and her two male cubs-of-the-year were captured on the Flathead Indian Reservation on June 26 by CSKT Biologist Stacy Courville. This was considered a preemptive capture to move the bears before they came into conflict with local residents. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:19:05 GMT 2014-06-30T22:19:05Z Butte, Anaconda Men Convicted in Elk, Deer, Sheep Poaching Cases Two men were recently convicted in two separate poaching cases involving elk, deer and bighorn sheep in the Anaconda and Butte areas in 2012. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:35:32 GMT Vivica Crowser 2014-06-30T21:35:32Z Fish & Wildlife Commission To Meet July 9 - 10 In Missoula Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a public open house in Missoula for the Fish & Wildlife Commission on July 9, which will be followed by the commission's regular monthly meeting on July 10. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:18:00 GMT 2014-06-30T16:18:00Z Milltown Section of Blackfoot River Opens July 1 On July 1, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will open the Blackfoot River from Weigh Station Fishing Access Site above Bonner through the confluence with the Clark Fork River for the first time since the removal of Milltown Dam. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:11:25 GMT 2014-06-30T16:11:25Z FWP To Host Bison Discussion In Billings July 14-15 Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a two-day discussion in Billings, July 14-15, on issues related to a bison conservation and management plan for Montana. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:42:00 GMT 2014-06-27T20:42:00Z Know The 'No-Wake' Rules If you recreate on the water, it is your responsibility to know and understand the "no-wake" rules in effect on Montana waters. That includes operators of personal watercraft. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:14:00 GMT 2014-06-27T17:14:00Z Boating Accidents Must Be Reported In Montana, the most common types of boating accidents are collisions with another vessel, capsizing, collision with fixed or floating objects and falling overboard. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:12:00 GMT 2014-06-27T17:12:00Z New Boat Validation Decals Required Owners of motorboats, sailboats or personal watercraft need to get new, free 2014-2017 validation decals for their watercraft soon. The current orange decals expired Feb. 28. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:10:00 GMT 2014-06-27T17:10:00Z FWP Offers Boating Safety Course Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds boat operators to take a boating safety course. FWP’s boat education program includes a home-study course or on-line education course for motorboat and personal watercraft operators. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:08:00 GMT 2014-06-27T17:08:00Z Boating Safety Is As Easy As 1-2-3 As the summer boating season begins, FWP urges all boaters to follow three basic rules on the water: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:05:00 GMT 2014-06-27T17:05:00Z Two Young Female Grizzlies Relocated to the Cabinet Mountains Two young female grizzly bears were relocated today to the Cabinet Mountains as part of the Cabinet Mountains grizzly bear population augmentation program. FWP captured the two 2-yr olds grizzly bears in Deadhorse Creek in the Whitefish Range (Flathead National Forest). The bears are siblings and were captured in the backcountry specifically to be relocated to the Cabinet Mountains as part of an on-going grizzly bear population augmentation program. The bears have no history of conflict with humans and have never been captured before. The bears were relocated to the Cabinet Mountains and released above Spar Lake in the Kootenai National Forest. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:05:58 GMT 2014-06-26T22:05:58Z Dead Grizzlies found in the Ferndale Area Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Enforcement is assisting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on an investigation into the deaths of three young grizzly bears found in the Ferndale area. The case is ongoing, so no further information can be provided at this time. Anyone with information can contact 1-800-TIP-MONT. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:05:04 GMT 2014-06-26T22:05:04Z Black Bear Euthanized near Lake Mary Ronan Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks personnel euthanized a yearling black bear in the Lake Mary Ronan area on Tuesday June 10th. The bear was euthanized because of its close proximity to people in campgrounds during the day. Camp foods and garbage were left available for the bear, teaching it that people are a resource for food. As the foraging continued the bear became more determined to get the foods even in occupied campsites. This became a dangerous situation and was a significant threat to human safety. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:03:39 GMT 2014-06-26T22:03:39Z Kids Catch Nice Lake Trout at Fishing Without Barriers Day A total of 75 anglers with disabilities participated in the 21st annual Fishing Without Barriers Day on Flathead Lake on June 12. The anglers caught a total of 15 lake trout from fishing boats trolling on the lake; the largest lake trout measured 27 inches and weighed 6 pounds. Some of the youngest anglers caught the largest fish. Ten year old Troy Dixon caught the 6-pounder, and the McQueen sisters (Olivia, Meghan, and Joanna) caught a 3 pound, 24-inch lake trout. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:56:29 GMT 2014-06-26T21:56:29Z FWP Region One Seeks Applicants for Citizen Advisory Committee Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is seeking volunteer applicants to fill four slots on the Region One Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC is in its 19th year and was established to provide input and guidance to FWP from the public. This is a general advisory committee that works with FWP on all issues and programs. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:51:16 GMT 2014-06-26T21:51:16Z Prevent Conflicts With Bears Here are some tips from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks that will help in preparing for bear-safe outings this spring and summer. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:41:00 GMT 2014-06-26T20:41:00Z Keep Backyards Bear Resistant Bear activity is picking up in many Montana neighborhoods, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is asking residents to keep bear attractants contained. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:40:00 GMT 2014-06-26T20:40:00Z Spare The Life Of A Young Wild Animal Every spring FWP biologists, wardens and others observe how good intentions go wrong when young wildlife are picked-up and moved from their surroundings by well-meaning people. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:38:00 GMT 2014-06-26T20:38:00Z Keep The Tip-Mont Number Handy This Summer Montana's TIP-MONT "crimestopper" program operates all summer long to manage reports of recreation-related violations. Call 1-800-TIP-MONT, or 1-800-847-6668. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:37:00 GMT 2014-06-26T20:37:00Z No Fireworks At Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Sites Visiting a Montana fishing access site on the July Fourth weekend is a great idea – just leave the fireworks at home. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:35:00 GMT 2014-06-26T20:35:00Z