Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks :: Recent News (RSS) Most recent 25 news releases en en Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers Reopened The Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers near Missoula are now reopen after Missoula County health officials determined that the chemicals that spilled from a semi truck wreck into the Blackfoot river east of Bonner this morning are highly diluted and not hazardous. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:23:04 GMT 2014-07-22T22:23:04Z Campfires restricted at Yellowstone, Carbon county sites — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has banned campfires and restricted other fires at all fishing access sites and wildlife management areas in Yellowstone and Carbon counties. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:12:27 GMT 2014-07-22T22:12:27Z Hunter Education Class Planned for Seeley Lake A hunter education course is planned for Seeley Lake in August. Interested students can register online now. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:12:36 GMT 2014-07-22T19:12:36Z Portions of Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers Closed Due to Chemical Spill State officials closed the Blackfoot River from Johnsrud Fishing Access Site to Kona Bridge on the Clark Fork River while crews work to contain and monitor the industrial soap making chemicals that spilled into the river this morning when a semi wrecked just east of Bonner. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:11:18 GMT 2014-07-22T19:11:18Z Reward offered for deer-poaching information Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information leading to the conviction of those who illegally killed two deer south of Roundup Sunday night. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:57:01 GMT 2014-07-18T21:57:01Z Grizzly Relocated to Upper Gallatin After Livestock Kill On Wednesday, July 16, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks relocated an 8-year-old male grizzly bear responsible for killing a young cow in the Red Lodge area Sunday to the Upper Gallatin area north of Yellowstone National Park. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:55:24 GMT Andrea Jones 2014-07-17T21:55:24Z Registration open for summer hunter education class Online registration is open for a compressed August hunter education course in Billings. The class runs Aug. 7-9 at Billings Rod and Gun Club. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:20:50 GMT 2014-07-17T19:20:50Z Registration Open for August Hunter Education Course in Butte Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold its fall Butte hunter education class beginning August 12 at Highlands College (formerly Montana College of Technology – 25 Basin Creek Road). Online registration is required, and students under 18 years of age must have the consent of a parent or guardian. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:49:47 GMT Andrea Jones 2014-07-17T17:49:47Z Dillon Fall 2014 Hunter Education Class Set The 2014 fall Dillon Area Hunter Education course will be held at the Dillon Middle School on August 18, 19, 20 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and August 21 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The field day will be held on Saturday, August 23 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Dillon Rifle and Pistol Club Range. Online registration is required. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:48:38 GMT Andrea Jones 2014-07-17T17:48:38Z Wolf Trapping Certification Class Set for Bozeman August 16 Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold a Wolf Trapping Certification class at its regional headquarters in Bozeman on Saturday, August 16 from 8 a.m. to noon. Certification is required for all would-be wolf trappers in the state of Montana. Individuals that have been certified in years past do not need to take the class again. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:46:32 GMT Andrea Jones 2014-07-17T17:46:32Z Hunter & Bowhunter Education Instructors Needed In Townsend Volunteer instructors are being sought for Montana Hunter and Bowhunter Education programs in the Townsend area. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:43:00 GMT 2014-07-17T17:43:00Z FWP to use helicopter for Crazies fish work Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will use a helicopter in the Crazy Mountains next week for backcountry lake survey and monitoring work. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:17:41 GMT 2014-07-17T14:17:41Z Fishing Limits Removed Temporarily at Camas Lake The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved removing the angling creel limits in Camas Lake effective immediately through Aug. 3. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:25:00 GMT Bruce Auchly 2014-07-15T22:25:00Z Fishing Limits Removed at Elkhorn Creek The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved removing the angling creel limits for one-half mile of Elkhorn Creek on the Beartooth Wildlife Management Area through Aug. 15. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:17:22 GMT Bruce Auchly 2014-07-15T22:17:22Z Bow Hunter Education Field Day Certification Event Set July 19 in Glasgow A free bow hunter education field day certification event will take place at the archery range off Skylark Road in Glasgow from 9 – 11 a.m. on July 19. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:51:59 GMT Ron Selden 2014-07-14T21:51:59Z "Kids to Fish" Gear Loaner Program in Full Swing Again This Year A popular Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Region 6 program that allows children to check out free fishing rods and tackle is in full swing again this year. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:06:24 GMT Ron Selden 2014-07-14T21:06:24Z Bear Aware Safety Education Trailer On The Road In Southwestern Montana A new bear aware trailer hit the road recently in the southwestern region of Montana. The educational trailer promotes how to properly manage potential food attractants and how to recreate safely in bear country. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:12:00 GMT 2014-07-14T19:12:00Z Fish and Wildlife Commission Lifts Angling Limits on Koessler Lake The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission approved removing the angling creel limits for Koessler Lake in the South Fork of the Flathead River Drainage effective immediately through August 31. The effort is a part of the South Fork Flathead Westslope Cutthroat Conservation Project. Koessler Lake will be treated in September to remove hybrid trout, and then restocked with pure westslope cutthroat trout next summer. This regulation change allows anglers to remove as many fish as possible this summer prior to the treatment. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:58:57 GMT 2014-07-14T16:58:57Z Extension of Comment Period on Proposed Rule Amendments Pertaining to the Whitefish River The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission proposes to amend boating rules on a section of the Whitefish River; the comment period has been extended to August 8. Currently the Whitefish River has a no wake restriction from the outlet of Whitefish Lake to the JP Bridge. The City of Whitefish submitted the original petition to the Fish and Wildlife Commission to restrict motorized boating year round. The Commission initiated rulemaking and public comment was taken from March 13-April 18. At its June 12 meeting, the Commission did not adopt that proposal, and instead is proposing an alternative for consideration. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:57:22 GMT 2014-07-14T16:57:22Z Application Period for R-1 FWP Citizen Advisory Committee Closes on Friday, July 18 Over the past month, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has solicited for 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. The Committee is advisory in nature and does not have decision-making responsibilities. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:48:14 GMT 2014-07-14T16:48:14Z McWenneger Slough Fishing Access Site to Close Temporarily for Repairs The boat ramp at McWenneger Slough Fishing Access Site will be closed starting Monday July 14th for repairs. The project will put in a concrete boat ramp to replace the rutted and bumpy gravel ramp. The rest of the site will remain open. The ramp will be closed periodically during the period from July 14th to August 15th. For questions, call Tony Powell, Fishing Access Site Coordinator, at 751-4423. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:10:12 GMT 2014-07-11T15:10:12Z Otter Island Fisheries Conservation Area Additions Draft EA Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, is seeking public comment for the Otter Island Fisheries Conservation Area Additions Draft EA, a proposal to acquire 19.72 acres of island habitats along the Flathead River. If acquired, these parcels will be added to the existing Otter Island FCA that is located along the west side of the mainstem Flathead River, about 1.5 miles east of downtown Kalispell. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:08:09 GMT 2014-07-11T15:08:09Z FWP Follows up on Northern Pike Reported in Lake Mary Ronan In the coming weeks, FWP will follow up on the recent northern pike discovery in Lake Mary Ronan. According to FWP Region One Fisheries Manager Mark Deleray, biologists will conduct sampling in an effort to confirm pike presence and distribution, and determine if the illegal introduction has resulted in the establishment of a pike population in the lake. Sampling will include beach seining and gill nets. “We will be trying to confirm whether or not any reproduction has occurred,” Deleray said. These actions are called for in a new Fish and Wildlife Commission policy on illegal fish introductions. Deleray noted that in annual summer sampling to date, no pike have been captured in FWP monitoring nets regularly set at the lake. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:05:22 GMT 2014-07-11T15:05:22Z Latest Update on Bear Attack North of Columbia Falls FWP personnel are still investigating a bear attack on a woman who was running with her dogs on Forest Service property in the Cedar Flats area north of Columbia Falls. The attack occurred late the morning of July 3. According to FWP investigator Brian Somers, the bear ran from the trees and attacked one of the dogs. The runner yelled at the bear, then lay on her side on the ground. The bear charged and grabbed the runner just above the hip area, biting her several times. The bear then turned back to the dogs. The runner sat up and the bear returned and bit her on the head several times. The bear then released its grip and ran back into the woods. The dogs ran off. According to Sommers, the victim was not armed with bear pepper spray. Later, the victim’s husband came back and retrieved the dogs which were injured but alive. This account is based on initial interviews and site visits. Sommers will be piecing together the final details of the incident over the coming weeks Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:04:17 GMT 2014-07-11T15:04:17Z Wardens looking for Tips on Whitetail Deer Poaching Case On Sunday night, June 29 a whitetail deer was shot on Smith Lake Road near Kila. The suspect vehicle is a white 1980’s model small pickup truck similar to a Chevy S10. Anyone with information is urged to call 1-800-TIPMONT (800-847-6668). Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:03:06 GMT 2014-07-11T15:03:06Z