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  DNA Analysis is Important New Wildlife Management Tool in Montana —July 15, 2011
Wildlife managers in Montana have increasingly turned to DNA analysis to learn about the state's wildlife and their ways, with some interesting results. [Full Story]
photo High Waters Affect Fish, Too —June 17, 2011
Montanans, though battered by weeks of high water and flooding, haven't forgotten to wonder how the state's fish are faring judging by the questions Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is receiving.
[Full Story]
photo Electric Fencing Is A Solution For Bear Problems
—June 3, 2011
"We have more folks than ever raising chickens, goats and pigs and we are seeing a response from predators of all kinds to these new opportunities for them," said Jamie Jonkel, FWP bear manager in Missoula. "If you are making an investment in chickens or other livestock, erecting an electric fence is simply the right thing to do." [Full Story]
photo Keep the Wild in Wildlife for Successful Coexistence
—May 6, 2011
Montana's wildlife is one of the big benefits of being a Montanan. But enthusiasm quickly turns to frustration when bears, deer—you name it—come into conflict with our expectations. [Full Story]
photo Discovering the Sculpin —April 22, 2011
Sculpin in Montana occupy cobble and gravel riffles of fast moving, cold water streams and rivers as well as lakes, though the majority of sculpin species in the Cottidae family live in salt water.
[Full Story]
photo April Can be the Harshest Month for Deer —April 8, 2011
This winter took a bite out of Montana's deer numbers and other ungulate, or hoofed populations, especially in the eastern half of the state. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks biologists are responding to calls about dead or dying deer, and April has yet to bring relief. [Full Story]
photo A Montana Treasure:
Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area
—March 25, 2011
Montana's wildlife management areas are among the state's landscape treasures. They are oases for wildlife, including elk, deer, pheasants and migratory birds. [Full Story]
photo DNA Helps Rebuild the Fisher's Family Tree —March 11, 2011
A few million years ago a very slender, secretive, cat-like creature successfully claimed territory in North America and lived in balance with other species. Then, in a wink of time, the American fisher became the most sought after furbearer of all time. [Full Story]
photo Those Industrious Survivors—The Chickadees
—February 25, 2011
It is easy to admire the industrious black-capped chickadee. This tiny puff of feathers darts busily from place to place even in the coldest weather. It is well-loved for its ability to tough out harsh winters and its distinctive call: "chick-a-dee dee dee." [Full Story]
photo Explore the Winter Landscape and View Wildlife
—February 11, 2011
In the winter wild animals move to lower elevations—valley bottoms, south facing slopes and areas with more clement microclimates—and that is where winter wildlife viewers will have the best viewing opportunities. [Full Story]
photo Better than the Prize in a Box of Cracker Jacks
—January 28, 2011
Remember how much fun it used to be to find the prize in a box of Cracker Jacks? Catching a fish with a fish tag may be even more fun—some of these tags, when reported to FWP, are returned with cash rewards, a report on the fish tagged, and even temporary fish tattoos. [Full Story]
photo Magpies—You Might Not Know What You're Missing —January 14, 2011
The black-billed magpie, a flashy song bird in the corvid family, is under rated by the public but fascinating to those who study birds. [Full Story]
photo Ice People —December 17, 2010
Listening to Jan Mack and Lynn Bacon of Bozeman describe ice fishing would make anyone with an ounce of adventure wish for a few magical moments on the ice of their own. [Full Story]
  A Hunter's Field Journal —December 3, 2010
It is surprising how easy it is to find hunters who keep journals to document their days afield. [Full Story]
photo Turkey Hunters—Prepare to Thaw that Turkey!
—November 19, 2010
For those wild turkey hunters who tucked their spring or fall harvest into the freezer with good intentions, Thanksgiving is a call to action. [Full Story]
photo Mentoring Young Hunters —November 5, 2010
Taking Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Hunter Education course with a child or spouse is one way to set the stage for a lasting family hunting partnership. [Full Story]
photo The Birth of a Hunting Camp Tradition —October 22, 2010
Some hunters know exactly where they are going to spend at least a portion of their hunting season every year--they are committed to an annual hunting camp. [Full Story]
  Beginning a Hunting Camp Tradition —October 22, 2010
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks hunting camp veterans were eager to share their experience with other hunters interested in beginning a hunting-camp tradition. [Full Story]
photo Grizzly and Black Bear Geneology —October 07, 2010
In the third week of September, moose approach the apex of their rut. Bull trout head to spawning tributaries. Asters bloom where many other prairie wildflowers have long faded. [Full Story]
photo Montanans: Beware of Taking Antelope for Granted—September 13, 2010
If you grew up in Montana, you may be taking the state's antelope, or pronghorn, for granted. That would be a huge mistake, according to Andrew Jakes, a PhD student at the University of Calgary and former FWP employee who studies the pronghorn antelope. [Full Story]
photo There is No Dog Like Your Bird Dog —August 27, 2010
In Montana, techniques for training bird hunting dogs may be as numerous as the dogs themselves. They range from hunters who let the dog's instinct kick in on the day of the hunt, to those who run their dogs in field trials, or hunt tests, and have polished performers when the season opens. [Full Story]
photo Not in Montana You Say? —July 30, 2010
Sponges are a very cool life form. They may look and act like plants or algae, but they are invertebrate animals, animals without spines. Too bad Montana doesn't have any sponges you might say—but you'd be wrong! Surprise—Montana has five identified species of freshwater sponges. [Full Story]
photo Damsels and Nymphs —July 16, 2010
Damselflies light up summer evenings near still waters with flashes of their electric red or blue bodies propelled by transparent, delicately-veined wings. [Full Story]
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