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Welcome to FWP Region 1

Northwest Montana is known for its lakes and rivers, featuring two-thirds of all the recreational waters and one third of all registered boats in the state. Over 500 lakes support fish, ranging from 125,000-acre Flathead Lake, the largest lake west of the Great Lakes, to hundreds of high mountain lakes. More than 3,000 miles of fishable stream flow through the Region. Sensitive native fish species, including the westslope cutthroat trout, bull trout, and red-band rainbow trout, reside in the waters of Region One. Important wildlife species include grizzly and black bear bears, mountain lion, white-tailed deer, three species of mountain grouse, and furbearers such as marten and wolverine. Region One provides about half of the black bear and mountain lion harvest in the state. The white-tailed deer is the most popular big game animal pursued by hunters.

Varied land ownerships and agency responsibilities make for challenging natural resource management in the Region, which is bound by the Flathead Indian Reservation to the south, and Glacier National Park to the north. Millions of acres of national forest wilderness and hundreds of thousands of acres of corporate timberlands are found in Region One as well. FWP, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, and various local, state, and federal agencies work together to manage habitat and wildlife. The state and tribes have unique agreements to co-manage fisheries in Flathead Lake, and fishing and hunting on the Flathead Indian Reservation.

Region 1 Wildlife Information

Recent Region 1 News

Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife Board to Meet

Tue Jul 18 16:55:46 MDT 2017

The Flathead Reservation Fish and Wildlife Board will meet on Wednesday, July 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Polson City Library. The agenda includes discussion of State projects and accomplishments, Tribal AIS update and proposed Permits/Licenses and Regulations. Board Chair Pelah Hoyt invites the public to attend and ask questions or express their views. The full agenda is listed below:

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Mount Silcox Wildlife Management Area Forest Habitat Project Decision Notice

Wed Jul 12 12:09:48 MDT 2017

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed the public review process for the Mt. Silcox WMA Forest Habitat Project Draft EA. FWP proposes to conduct a forest habitat enhancement project on 92 acres of Mt. Silcox WMA, located 2.5 miles east of Thompson Falls in Sanders County. The draft was out for a 30-day public review, from June 5 through July 5, 2017, with 2 comments received, both in support of the proposed action. Following review of the public comments and other relevant information, and evaluating the environmental effects, Alternative B, the proposed action, was approved pending final approval by the Fish & Wildlife Commission at their August 2017 meeting. Contact person: Bruce Sterling, FWP Wildlife Biologist; 601 N Columbia St., P O Box 35, Thompson Falls, MT 59873; (406) 827-4389;

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No Injuries in Reported Black Bear Incident near Bull Lake

Tue Jun 27 16:16:38 MDT 2017

On June 26, 2017 at approximately 4:50 AM an individual reported what was thought to be a bear attack on the occupants of a tent at a private residence in the Bull Lake area of Lincoln County, Montana. A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy responded to the scene as well as Fish, Wildlife and Parks Wildlife Human Attack Response Team (WHART). Upon arriving at the scene, the deputy observed a mangled tent in the yard and two black bears (one black in color and one brown in color). The deputy shot and killed the black colored bear.

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Two Subadult Grizzly Bears Captured Northwest of Whitefish

Tue Jun 27 14:48:31 MDT 2017

On June 22nd and 23rd, two young grizzly bears were captured about 10 miles northwest of Whitefish along the Stillwater River. The 2.5 years old siblings were captured after landowners had reported they were trying to get into a dog kennel to get dog food. A few days earlier, neighbors to the south reported bears had killed chickens on their property but felt it was black bears and not grizzly bears. Their scats were also full of sunflower seeds indicating they had been getting access to bird feeders in the area. Traps were set at both places and only the two grizzly bears were captured.

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