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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

Liaison Team Meetings for FWP Conservation Easements Scheduled

Thu Oct 05 11:19:23 MDT 2017

(KALISPELL, Mont.) The public is invited to attend Liaison Team meetings between Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and landowners for the Kootenai Valleys, Swan Valley, and Thompson and Fisher River conservation easements. Combined easement acreage is approximately 186,500 acres.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)

Minor Injuries Incurred During Grizzly Bear Attack near Hungry Horse Reservoir

Wed Sep 27 11:42:37 MDT 2017

(KALISPELL, Mont.) On September 24, 2017 at approximately 9:00 AM, a father, and adult son were hunting black bears on the east side of Hungry Horse Reservoir near the Dry Park area. They were hunting on steep slopes and in thick vegetation. They were pursuing a black bear they had observed when they encountered the grizzly bear. The bear charged at them and attacked the son. They saw the brush moving 25 to 30 yards away, but did not see the bear until it was about 12 feet away. The bear grabbed the son’s right arm, at the elbow, and while the bear had a hold of the arm the father shot the bear in an attempt to get the bear off of his son. The bear released, and the father shot again. The father shot the bear one more time, at very close range, as the bear turned toward him.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)

Bear Attack Reported near Spotted Bear River

Tue Sep 26 09:55:05 MDT 2017

(KALISPELL, Mont.) FWP personnel are investigating a bear attack on an adult male hunting in the Twin Creek area along the east side of Hungry Horse Reservoir. The attack occurred Sunday morning September 24, 2017. The injured victim drove with his hunting partner to the hospital to receive medical attention.

(Region 1 - Fish & Wildlife)