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Montana waters test negative for mussels Montana waters test negative for mussels

HELENA – This year was record-setting for Montana Fish Wildlife and Park’s statewide partners in the rigorous battle against Aquatic Invasive Species. “Our AIS staff and partners have done fantastic work to increase our watercraft inspection and monitoring efforts,” said Tom Woolf, AIS bureau chief for the FWP in a press release. “And we are doing a better job informing boaters, anglers, irrigators and others about what they can do to help stop AIS.” As the front line on the battle against aquatic invasive species, FWP collaborated with partners across the state to operate 35 watercraft inspection stations. The partners include: the Confederated Sal...


Firewood gathering available by permit at state parks

News from the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks MONTANA – With the arrival of winter weather, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is reminding residents that firewood gathering for personal, non-commercial use is allowed at certain state parks in Region 1, including the Thompson Chain of Lakes bet...


Big game hunting season ends

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks MONTANA — Montana’s general big game hunting season ended Nov. 25.  Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ five regional check stations tallied a combined total of 950 white-tailed deer, including 676 bucks, this season. That is down fr...


Managing CWD will take cooperation from all Montanans Managing CWD will take cooperation from all Montanans

MONTANA – Montana hunters have been afield pursuing deer, elk and other big game, just as we have done for decades. But new this year is the knowledge that chronic wasting disease (CWD) is present in our state’s mule deer and white-tailed deer.  Last year’s first-ever detection of t...


Input on draft hunting regulation changes sought

News from CSKT and Fish & Wildlife Board FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION – The Flathead Reservation Fish & Wildlife Board and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council are looking for public input on proposed changes to the 2019-2020 Fishing, Bird Hunting and Recreation regulations.&...


Hunter encounters grizzly bear

News from FWP  KALISPELL –  A Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks investigation into a surprise bear attack last weekend northwest of Columbia Falls has confirmed that an adult grizzly bear was involved in the encounter.   At approximately 9:20 a.m. on Nov. 11, an adult male was h...


Fall Mack Days ends with many awards

News from CSKT FLATHEAD LAKE – Fall Mack Days 2018 ended on Nov. 11 with a total of 15,408 lake trout entries. There were up to $150,000 in cash and prizes awarded, sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The event is a tool that used to help reduce the numbers of non-native lake t...


Caribou sightings reported in Montana Caribou sightings reported in Montana

KALISPELL  — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks regional staff has received reports of a rare sight in northwest Montana. Residents have recently documented sightings of woodland caribou near the U.S.-Canada border. The multiple sightings include the potential for a bull and a cow in separate l...


Fall Mack Days continues with week six

News from CSKT Natural Resources FLATHEAD LAKE – The 2018 Fall Mack Days fishing event continues until Nov. 11. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes sponsored the event. There are up to $150,000 in cash and prizes that will be awarded at the conclusion of the event. All it takes is one l...


Tim Ryan presents Traditional Cultural Landscapes of the Flathead Valley

News from Montana State Parks KALISPELL – Lone Pine State Park will host a presentation on Traditional Cultural Landscapes of the Flathead Valley with Tim Ryan on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Join us as we learn about the ancestral tribes of the Flathead Valley and their knowledge an...


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