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Welcome to FWP Region 4

Region 4 is made up of 12.5 counties in north central Montana with a combined area of 30,677 sq. miles, 19.5 millions acres (about 20.8% of Montana). The Region has a population of about 180,000 people. According to the current highway map there are 94 communities in Region 4 - 26 are incorporated. Close to 50% of the people in Region 4 live in Cascade County. About 8,460 sq. miles or 27.6% of Region 4 is public domain managed by the federal government - 44% by the US Forest Service, 23% by the Bureau of Indian Affairs/Blackfeet Nation and 17% by the Bureau of Land Management. In Region 4 there are 2, 044 sq. miles of School Trust Land (6.7% of Region 4) managed by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

This region offers the most diverse flora and fauna in Montana - 64 of Montana's 89 fish species; 75 of Montana's 109 mammals; 338 of the state's 389 birds; and 7 of the 14 plants and animals listed as "Threatened" or "Endangered". The region is currently managing populations of all ten of the state's common big game animals.

Region 4 has 63 Fishing Access Sites, 133 lakes and reservoirs totaling over 61,000 acres; 3,700 miles of fishable running water; 2 managed recreation corridors - the Smith & Missouri Rivers; and 17 reservoirs with over 5,000 acre-feet of storage capacity.

Region 4 has 8 Wildlife Management Areas with a total of 94,238 acres. The Region contains the "Rocky Mountain East Front" one of the richest wildlife areas in the U.S. Region 4 monitors four Conservation Easements: Bay Ranch, Paul & Helen Edwards, Harris Land & Cattle, and the Lewis & Clark Heritage Greenway.

In 2004, Region 4 had 116 Block Management Areas (199 contracts) with 984,977 private acres and 441,456 public acres. 1,426,433 acres in Block Management supported 62,730 hunters (about 91,000 hunter days).

The Region 4 Parks Division operates 5 State Parks: Ackley Lake, First Peoples Buffalo Jump, Giant Springs/Heritage - with Sulphur Springs addition, Sluice Boxes, and Tower Rock. Region 4 also runs the 61 miles Smith River Float Program and the Missouri Corridor Recreation Program.

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Recent Region 4 News

Three Antelope Bucks Shot, Wasted Near Utica

Mon Mar 18 11:17:36 MDT 2019

Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking information on three antelope bucks shot and left between Windham and Utica in central Montana.

(Region 4 - Enforcement)

Spring is for the Young

Thu Mar 14 14:20:28 MDT 2019

Not all creatures have given up on spring ever happening. Some are counting on it. And soon. Great horned owls and Canada geese are sitting on eggs now, or soon will be.

(Region 4 - by Bruce Auchly)

Shed Hunters Should Give Wildlife a Break

Fri Mar 08 14:48:20 MST 2019

Late winter can be a stressful time for deer and elk with deep snow, limited food options and depleted fat reserves. That’s why Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is asking shed hunters and other recreationists to give deer and elk their space until the snow melts and the animals are less stressed

(Region 4 - Fish & Wildlife)

Comments Sought on Proposed Ear Mountain WMA Grazing Lease Renewals

Fri Mar 01 14:02:32 MST 2019

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has developed a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and is seeking public comment for the proposed action of two grazing lease renewals on the Ear Mountain Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

(Region 4 - Fish & Wildlife)

When Winter Ends

Fri Mar 01 13:27:33 MST 2019

Winter will end. Trust me. But what will we see when all that white stuff disappears? A landscape green from melting snow littered with dead deer? Probably not.

(Region 4 - by Bruce Auchly)