Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks

Hunting Ethics
5:23 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

'Crowd Shooting' Incident Near Helena

A “crowd-shooting” incident on the east side of Canyon Ferry Reservoir last weekend has opened a discussion about hunter ethics; specifically, when is it OK to shoot a game animal?

Justin Feddes says the shooting in the White's Gulch area outside Helena started at first light last Sunday morning.

"If I had to guess, I'd say probably around 30 elk were killed. Probably 18 - 20 bulls, the rest were probably cows. We had two wounded," said Feddes.

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Ethics
5:56 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Three Hunters Cited In Canyon Ferry Incident

A herd of elk rest in a valley.
Credit Flickr User Ian Sane CC-BY-2.0

Shooting into a large elk herd may not be illegal, but is it ethical?

Experts say, "not really."

But that's just what happened last weekend in the White's Gulch area on the east side of Canyon Ferry Reservoir outside Helena.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks Game Warden Justin Feddes says hunters spotted a herd of about 500 elk at first light on Sunday. Feddes reports they started shooting, which scattered the rest of the herd onto a mix of private and public lands.

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Hunters Safety
5:05 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Game Warden Stresses Safe Hunting

Credit Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (CC-BY-ND)

A hunter unloading a gun accidentally shot his 56-year-old companion in the Brown's Gulch area north of Butte last weekend.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game warden Sergeant Aaron Berg says a lot of people are now in the backcountry carrying high-powered rifles. Meaning everyone, hunting or not, should wear that bright hunter orange; 400 square inches of it to be exact.

Berg adds that those carrying rifles have the responsibility to use them properly.

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Yellowstone Bison
5:07 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Yellowstone Bison Won't Be Transferred Out Of State

The Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission has decided that 145 genetically pure bison captured from Yellowstone National Park will stay in Montana.
Credit Josh Burnham (CC-BY-2.0)

It turns out 145 genetically pure bison captured from Yellowstone National Park will stay in Montana.

Several out-of-state entities wanted those animals.

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Conservationists Hopeful, Ranchers Skeptical
6:28 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

State Plan For Wild Bison On The Table Thursday

Credit Josh Burnham-cc-by-2.0

Bison management always spurs passionate debate in Montana and a meeting tomorrow in Great Falls will consider whether wild herds should be established outside of Yellowstone National Park.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is considering that possibility.

Conservationist Keith Aune says he thinks Montana can develop a good plan. Aune's director of the Wildlife Conservation Society's bison programs.

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Milltown State Park
5:02 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Volunteers Cleaning Up Milltown State Park Saturday

A 2011 arial view of the location of Milltown State Park at the confluence of the Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers,
Credit Montana State Parks

East Missoula is home to Montana’s newest state park, Milltown State Park. The new park is located near where the Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers meet. It’s not yet fully open to the public, that’s expected later this year. Michael Kustudia with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks says the new park still needs some work.

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South Fork Flathead
10:47 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Cutthroat Conservation Project Nears Finish Line In The Flathead

Fisheries Biologist Matt Boyer holds a West Slope Cutthroat Trout caught in Blackfoot Lake in the Jewel Basin in the fall of 2008.
Credit Katrin Frye

A large scale conservation project to restore genetically pure west slope cutthroat trout in northwest Montana nears the finish line. Three of 21 lakes remain for Fish, Wildlife and Parks to treat as part of the South Fork West Slope Cutthroat Trout Project.

Fisheries Biologist Matt Boyer said this September they’ll be working on Koessler Lake in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. This lake they’ll be treating with a poison called Rotenone and re-stocking with genetically pure West Slope Cutthroat Trout.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Brucellosis

Credit Montana Outdoors

6/24/14: This week on "Home Ground:" Brucellosis is showing up among bison, elk, and domestic cattle near Yellowstone National Park, and ranchers, hunters and conservationists are upset. Biologists with Montana's Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks hope that their research will help lead to common ground among these groups.

 

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Bear hibernation
2:16 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Bears starting to - or soon will - emerge from winter dens

Flying over the Rocky Mountain Front/bear country
M. Madel

Springtime in Montana brings with it a few certainties: For one, it's gong to be muddy. It's also going to be warm and beautiful one day, then snowy and cold the next.   
     It also means bears are starting to wake up and will soon be lumbering out of their dens.

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Yellowstone Bison
5:23 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

YNP, State taking first steps toward new Bison Management Plan

Credit lowjumpingfrog/flickr

National Park Service officials are announcing a partnership with the state of Montana to consider changes to managing bison in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Hundreds of bison wander into the state from the park’s northern boundary during many winters.

Livestock owners worry about the animals damaging property and spreading disease.

The Park Service and the state have been operating under their current Bison Management Plan since 2001.

The agencies think it may be time for an update.

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