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Prescribed burn planned at bison range

News from the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes PABLO — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) - Fuels Program are planning a prescribed burn on 400 timbered acres within the Elk Creek Drainage of the National Bison Range Refuge. This is part of an ongoing collaborative project between the USFWS and the CSKT to enhance the health and resiliency of priority natural resources at high risk to wild land fire. The burn is anticipated to reduce the overall acres of trees and density of the forest within this unit and promote the native grasslands essential to the refuge’s trust resources.  Burn operations ar...

Annual bear monitoring, capturing begins in Glacier

WEST GLACIER, MT – Each year, Glacier National Park participates in an interagency effort to monitor grizzly bear population trends in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem.  To monitor population trends, bait stations, automated cameras, and traps are used to capture and mark the animals. ...

New watercraft rules stated

News from the State of Montana The State of Montana now requires all watercraft transported from out of state or transported from east of the Continental Divide into Western Montana to be inspected before launching into Montana waters. Additional Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes regulations apply...

Burn backyard debris safely

On the heels of Wildfire Awareness Month (observed in May) fire officials urge landowners to follow safe burning practices. Escaped debris burns are the leading human cause of wildfires. A burn pile is less likely to escape control if these simple safety tips are followed: • Know the weather fo...

Female grizzly, two yearlings captured near Ferndale Female grizzly, two yearlings captured near Ferndale

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks An adult female grizzly bear and her two yearlings were captured on May 16 south of Ferndale. The bears had gotten into two small chest freezers that were outside a mobile home. The adult female is nine years old and weighed 309 pounds. The male yearling weighe...

Feeding bears likely cause of relocations

News from CSKT Natural Resources ST. IGNATIUS – Tribal Wildlife Bear Biologists and Tribal Conservation Officers responded to a call last week involving a yearling grizzly bear along Mission Creek near Tribal Health and Human Services in St Ignatius. The female yearling was trapped and relocated i...

Anti-AIS bill passes, waiting for governor’s signature

A Senate bill that would fund $13.9 million over two years to fight aquatic invasive species has been approved by the Legislature and waits for the governor’s signature. All indications are that Gov. Steve Bullock will sign the bill, which is an attempt to prevent mussels from expanding from eastern...

National Bison Range opens

News from the National Bison Range CHARLO — National Bison Range staff recently announced that Red Sleep Mountain Drive is scheduled to open for the summer season on Saturday, May 13, weather and road conditions permitting. The main gate will open by 6 a.m. and close at dark. Closing time will ...

Annual River Honoring announced

FLATHEAD INDIAN RESERVATION — The 31st annual River Honoring will begin Monday, May 8, at 4:30 p.m. with a community gathering. The public is invited and welcome to attend the opening of the River Honoring. Native games and educational stations will be available for the community. At 6 p.m. there will ...

Waterton, Glacier achieve International Dark Sky status Waterton, Glacier achieve International Dark Sky status

WEST GLACIER  – Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, with the support of its partner the Glacier National Park Conservancy, announced today that it has achieved provisional Gold Tier designation as Waterton-Glacier International Dark Sky Park through the International Dark Sky Association. ...

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