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Montana records first suspected case of CWD in wild elk Montana records first suspected case of CWD in wild elk

News from FWP  Montana recorded its first suspected case of chronic wasting disease in wild elk.  The cow elk was harvested by a landowner on private land northeast of Red Lodge in November and samples were extracted from the carcass in Billings on Nov. 6. Tests results confirming the suspected presence of the disease were returned to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the hunter. CWD was found in a herd of captive game-farm elk near Philipsburg in 1999 and the herd was depopulated. Until this week, however, the disease had not been found in wild elk in Montana. In addition to the elk, Monday’s test results confirmed the presence of CWD in three more deer in ...


Invasive feral swine pose potential disaster in Montana Invasive feral swine pose potential disaster in Montana

MONTANA – Farming and hunting are two of the defining qualities of Montana. For decades, hunters and landowners have worked together to maintain our public wildlife, our working agricultural lands, and our outdoor heritage. Landowners know hunters are the best management tool for wildlife; hunters appr...


General big game hunting season concludes Dec. 1

News from FWP  MONTANA – With one week left in Montana’s general hunting season, the percentage of hunters with harvested game is slightly ahead of last year in northwest Montana. Through four weekends of the season, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has tallied nearly 9,200 hunters...


Fall Mack Days final results announced

News from CSKT  FLATHEAD LAKE – The 2019 Fall Mack Days fishing event concluded on Sunday, Nov. 10 with a total of 18,014 lake trout entries turned in by 157 anglers. It was the 18th fall event and the third highest in total since the event began in the fall of 2002.  The 2002 event h...


Announcing the 2020 Montana Master Hunter Program

News from Dani Clark, Master Hunter Program manager One Montana’s Master Hunter Program is accepting applications from Nov. 15, 2019-Jan. 10, 2020 for our 2020 classes. The Montana Master Hunter Program is a unique and rigorous program offering advanced education to increase hunter competence, ...


Moose tests positive for Chronic Wasting Disease

News from Fish, Wildlife and Parks KALISPELL — A moose in northwest Montana tested positive for chronic wasting disease, marking the first time the disease has been detected in the species in Montana.  A hunter harvested the bull moose in late October near Pulpit Mountain west of Quartz Cr...


Pursue art surrounded by an inspiring landscape

News from Glacier National Park  MONTANA – Artists are encouraged to apply for the 2020 Glacier National Park Artist-in-Residence Program. The application period will be open Nov. 6 to Jan. 6.  The Artist-in-Residence program offers artists focused time to creatively explore the park&...


Kokanee spawning wraps up at Lake Mary Ronan Kokanee spawning wraps up at Lake Mary Ronan

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks hatchery staff from Flathead Lake Salmon Hatchery recently completed the annual gathering of kokanee eggs that will benefit lakes across the state. Lake Mary Ronan, a popular kokanee fishing destination in northwest Montana, ...


FWP euthanizes adult grizzly bear due to food conditioning FWP euthanizes adult grizzly bear due to food conditioning

News from FWP MONTANA – An adult female grizzly bear was euthanized Oct. 25 in Ferndale after the bear became food conditioned near residences.   Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks captured the adult female for a second time after it returned to the Ferndale area and approached residences. I...


Flathead Lake trout populations change in response to restoration efforts Flathead Lake trout populations change in response to restoration efforts

Flathead Lake teems with fish in today’s environment, and the most abundant trout species aren’t the ones that historically belong there but that’s changing.  Humans introduced lake trout, currently the dominant trout species in Flathead Lake, about 100 years ago. Lake trout eat oth...


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