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Spring time welcomes bears back to the Valley

News from CSKT FLATHEAD RESERVATION — As spring approaches, the Tribal Wildlife Management Program would like to remind the public that bears, both black and grizzly, will soon be emerging from their dens.  Mild weather this fall and winter may mean bears could emerge from the den earlier this spring.  “Because these bears extensively use habitat throughout the entire Mission Valley, it’s time to start thinking about bear-proofing residences and ranches to prevent conflicts with garbage and small livestock,” Tribal Wildlife Management Program officials state.  Bears are attracted to garbage, pet foods and bird feeders. Unprotected small l...


Hunting, fishing regulations posted on website

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks MONTANA — In anticipation of the new license year, which opened March 1, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks posted regulations for dear, elk, antelope as well as moose, sheep and goat online at fwp.mt.gov/hunt. The deadline to apply for deer and elk per...


Feeding wildlife has negative consequences for animals and humans Feeding wildlife has negative consequences for animals and humans

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks MONTANA — With the extreme cold and snow across much of Montana recently, it’s easy to take pity on wildlife and put out some food. “Feeding wildlife is often undertaken with good intentions,” said Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks...


New program assists watershed groups in Montana New program assists watershed groups in Montana

News from the UM Bio Station MONTANA — The University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station is launching a new program called Monitoring Montana Waters.  The program will provide scientific expertise, guidance and funding to citizen-led watershed groups in Montana to build ca...


Spring wolf trapping class offered online

News from MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will offer an online wolf trapping certification class on March 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. The class is required for trappers. To register for the class, please visit: fwp.mt.gov/education/hunter and then follow the link “Wolf...


Montana, Washington join forces to stop feral pigs

News from the Montana Invasive Species Council  The Montana and Washington invasive species councils have joined forces to stop wild pigs from crossing borders. The two councils issued a report with recommendations and best management practices aimed at helping federal, state, provincial and loc...


$250,000 grant to continue addressing grizzly-human conflicts $250,000 grant to continue addressing grizzly-human conflicts

News from the Office of Steve Daines  MONTANA — U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service renewed a $250,000 grant to help reduce grizzly bear and human conflicts in Montana. “This funding is critical to help reduce grizzly-human conflicts in Montana as w...


Glacier National Park announces entrance fee-free days for 2021

News from Glacier National Park MONTANA — Glacier National Park will waive its entrance fee on six days in 2021. The fee-free days are part of the Trump Administration’s commitment to increase access, promote recreational opportunities, improve visitor facilities and conserve natural and his...


Hit state park trails for New Year’s Hit state park trails for New Year’s

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks KALISPELL — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is organizing a friendly competition in the Flathead Valley to encourage a healthy start to the new year. Hikers are encouraged to participate in “Battle of the Boots” and log their miles at ...


Lone Pine State Park distributes Junior Ranger Kits

News from Montana State Parks Lone Pine State Park officials will be giving out free Junior Ranger Kits to inspire youth to get excited about the outdoors this winter. The kits will be distributed from the Lone Pine Visitor Center, near Kalispell, on Dec. 30, Jan. 20, Feb. 10 and March 3. The kits wi...


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