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Bull Trout harvest closure in effect on Lake Koocanusa

News from FWP MONTANA – The harvesting of bull trout on Lake Koocanusa is closed in an effort to improve the diminished population of the threatened species. The Fish and Wildlife Commission on Jan. 6 approved a request from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks regional biologists to implement the closure while maintaining catch-and-release fishing on the large lake in Lincoln County.  Prior to the closure, harvest was limited to one bull trout per license year from June 1-Feb. 28 with catch-and-release fishing allowed the rest of the year. Anglers were required to have a Lake Koocanusa Bull Trout Catch Card when fishing for bull trout. Bull trout are listed as a threat...

Record warm temperatures melt snow across valley Record warm temperatures melt snow across valley

The Mission valley isn’t generally balmy in December, but the record-setting month brought temperatures above average this year.  St. Ignatius recorded 60.88 degrees on December 21. The average temperature for that date is 35 degrees. Kalispell and Missoula broke high-temperature records for De...

Flathead Audubon presents program about birds

News from the Flathead Audubon Society Robert Gentry will be the featured speaker at the Monday, Jan. 13, meeting from 7-9 p.m. at the Gateway West Community Room in Kalispell. Gentry has a biology degree from Hendrix College and attended the University of Missouri for graduate school where he studie...

Women’s ice fishing workshop set for Missoula Jan. 24-25

News from FWP MONTANA – The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Becoming an Outdoorswoman program is hosting an ice-fishing workshop on Jan. 24-25 in Missoula, and registration is open now. The workshop starts with an indoor class from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 at FWP’s Miss...

Three grizzly bears killed on Hwy 93 in 2019

FLATHEAD RESERVATION – Three grizzly bears have lost their lives due to separate vehicle collisions on U.S. Highway 93 on the Flathead Reservation this year.   Although collisions are down compared to 2018, when six bears were lost on the highway, ranging from cubs to an adult female and male, ...

Grizzly bear advisory council struggles with ‘herculean’ challenge Grizzly bear advisory council struggles with ‘herculean’ challenge

MONTANA — Chad Bauer, a member of Gov. Steve Bullock’s Grizzly Bear Citizen Advisory Council, expressed a sense of urgency and unease on the second morning of the council’s Dec. 4-5 meeting in Missoula.  Bauer and Bullock sat across from each other in a crowded conference room on th...

Outdoor burning closes

News from CSKT Division of Fire Prevention   Flathead Indian Reservation outdoor burning is closed for the winter season. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Division of Fire Prevention program would like to let the public know that debris burning closed on Nov. 30.  Open debris...

Recreation easement purchase proposed for Flathead Lake State Park

News from Montana FWP MONTANA — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation jointly propose the purchase of a permanent recreation easement for Big Arm State Park along Flathead Lake. A draft environmental analysis detailing the proposal, includ...

Chronic wasting disease sampling results continue to come i Chronic wasting disease sampling results continue to come i

News from FWP MONTANA – Samples from 25 deer harvested around the state tested positive for chronic wasting disease in November. The majority of the new positive samples were from animals harvested within CWD Management Zones, where the disease is known to exist. Two of the positive samples wer...

FWP looking to the future of state parks

News from FWP MONTANA – Even though the summer season at Montana State Parks is over, plans for the management of those parks is really hitting its stride. It’s been a busy 18 months for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and state parks. Gov. Bullock’s Parks In Focus commission issue...

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