Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks

Canada lynx.
Keith Williams (CC-BY-2)

The threatened Canada lynx was given more protection this week in a settlement that will put greater restrictions on trapping in some parts of Montana.

Tuesday’s settlement between the State of Montana and conservation groups ends a 2013 lawsuit that claimed the State didn’t protect lynx from trapping.

Apprentice Program Aims To Get Kids Interested In Hunting
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Kids in Montana can now hunt without taking hunter education classes. State lawmakers passed a new law allowing that this year.

The Apprentice Hunter Program allows kids age 10 to 17 to get some Montana hunting licenses without the education previously required.

Yellowstone bison may get more room to roam after today's decision by Governor Steve Bullock.
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Tuesday Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks begins a series of public hearings to gauge support for a publicly-managed bison herd. Whatever the state decides to do, FWP spokesman Tom Palmer says the interests of the livestock industry will be taken into account.

State wildlife officials are investigating a Moose poaching near Kalispell.
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Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Game Warden Weston Oedekoven says we’ve entered a time of the year when some hunters are getting a little antsy.

MontanaFWP Wants Your Input On Bison Management

Jul 31, 2015
A bison herd at the National Bison Range in Montana.
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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials will hold five public hearings in August to find out if there’s a place for bison on the Montana landscape. The first two hearings are scheduled next week in Bozeman and Billings. Bison are managed both as a wildlife species, and for disease control because of brucellosis.

Montana FWP is seeking public comment on proposed guidelines for reducing elk populations.
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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on proposed guidelines to establish additional elk hunting seasons, called "shoulder seasons". Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Quentin Kujala says they’d be used as a tool to reduce elk populations.

Swimmer's Itch Hits Reservoir Near Great Falls

Jul 14, 2015
Showering after swimming in a lake or reservoir can help remove mites that cause swimmer's itch.
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Some swimmers got an unpleasant surprise after taking a dip in the Willow Creek reservoir east of Great Falls recently. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reports several people developed a case of "swimmer’s itch", which can be anything from a minor annoyance to a major problem if scratching it leads to a bacterial infection.

A.J. Coulter guides fly fishing trips on rivers all around Montana. Recently, he’s been starting his trips earlier in the day to avoid angling in heat of the day so as to not catch unhealthy fish.
Corin Cates-Carney

Fish, and maybe you, are getting stressed out in this summer heat. But for fish, stress is made worse when, on top of trying to stay cool, they have to avoid eating a fly tied to a line.

In the heat wave of the past few weeks, guides and regulators have worked to protect fish during a time when fish are very vulnerable.

Bighorn sheep
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Hunters have less than a week to throw their name in the hat to win the chance for a dream hunt. Corin Cates-Carney reports on Montana’s SuperTag lottery deadline.

Fishing the North Fork of the Flathead
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Montana’s 21,000 miles of streams and rivers are open for free fishing this weekend in honor of father’s day.

Anyone with a fishing rod, resident or non-resident, can cast a line without a permit on June 20 & 21, as long as the angler follows posted regulations.

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