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Wildfire season slow this year due to weather, human caution

FLATHEAD RESERVATION – In recent years, Mission Valley residents have come to expect a thick blanket of smoke covering the region by late August.  This year’s blue skies are courtesy of a reduced number of human-started fires and timely precipitation, according to C.T. Camel, who is the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ fire prevention specialist. The last sizable blaze was the Moss Ranch Fire, which burned in late July. That was one of two wildfires that required multi-day firefighting efforts to put out this season.  According to Camel, this summer’s fire activity used to be typical for the area. The last five consecutive years have brough...


CSKT Game-Damage Hunts bring people together to manage land

News from CSKT A commonly asked question is: why can’t non-member private landowners hunt deer and/or elk on their private property on the Flathead Indian Reservation?  The answer can be found in the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ non-member regulations (part V, section 1A, hu...


Bat tests positive for rabies in Glacier National Park

News from Glacier National Park  MONTANA – Glacier County Health Department confirmed that a bat that scratched a park resident in the St. Mary area was rabid.  According to a press release, on Aug. 23, the person is currently undergoing a series of rabies vaccinations. This was the f...


Jam time held at skatepark Jam time held at skatepark

POLSON – The creative skills of about two-dozen skaters of all ages were on display during the Seventh Avenue Skatepark’s annual Skate Jam event on Saturday.  Local amateur-pro skater Brad Pichler dropped by to hang out and showcase a few tricks of his own. He recently picked up a big-tim...


West Nile confirmed in three counties

News from DPHHS  State and local public health officials are reporting the season’s first West Nile Virus detections with three counties confirming positive mosquito samples. Cascade, Sheridan and Yellowstone counties have all had a positive mosquito sample for WNV. To date, no cases of WN...


Fire danger lowered, debris burning closed

News from CSKT  After recent widespread rain, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Division of Fire officials are reporting lower fire danger within the Flathead Indian Reservation, and the fire danger rating has been lowered to high, effective immediately.   The move does not i...


Wasting disease meeting to be held in Polson

News from CSKT Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a chronic wasting disease public information meeting in Polson on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Kwataqnuk Resort beginning at 6 p.m.   This meeting is one of seven public meetings scheduled to take place in Northwest Montana (see fwp.mt.gov/ne...


Public invited to learn about bears Public invited to learn about bears

News from People and Carnivores  LAKE COUNTY – Join us for a presentation on living with grizzlies in the Mission Valley. Protect yourself, your property, and the bears too. Join People and Carnivores and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to learn how bears are using this landsca...


Whether you fish or float, take care of Montana’s fishing access sites

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks MONTANA – Montana’s fishing access sites accommodate roughly 3.9 million visits from people every year. These visits happen on about 330 fishing access sites across the state that vary in size from less than one acre to several hundred acres. The...


 Study finds native bighorn sheep herds retain migratory diversity

By Rachel Hergett, MSU News Service BOZEMAN – On the surface, bighorn sheep migration is like that of many other large mammals, moving to higher elevations as snow melts in the springtime then returning to lower ground to forage as winter sets in. But a study published this month by Montana Sta...


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