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Insect chewing damage to wheat reported in western Montana

News from MSU Lake County Extension Agent Jack Stivers   MISSION VALLEY — Unusual chewing damage to both winter and spring wheat has been reported from Ravalli and Lake Counties. Samples have been sent to MSU and the source of the damage is currently unknown. The chewing damage appears as multiple parallel rows, the result of damage that has occurred to new leaves before they have unfurled.  Billbugs are one insect that can cause this type of damage. Other possible sources are early-stage army cutworm larvae, young grasshoppers, or perhaps flea beetles. So far damage has not been economic, but because it has been reported from several areas, and it is unusual, MS...

Spring sting: battling yellow jackets, wasps

As the season accelerates, there are increasing reports of “wasps” including yellow jackets and hornets around homes and buildings.  Yellow jackets and their close relative hornets are the most aggressive and are the ones that cause the most problems.  They can be distinguished from bee...

Tagged fish liven up Mack Days

Tagged fish were the excitement of the Spring Mack Days Fishing Event during the ninth weekend. May 10 was a winning day for Steven Benson of Four Lakes, Wash. He is one of 850 anglers competing in the 2013 spring fishing event. Benson turned in 43 lake trout, which was the high number for the day, and one o...

National Bison Range welcomes new website, bison babies National Bison Range welcomes new website, bison babies

MOISE — Equipped with a new website and newborn bison calves, the National Bison Range in Moise is ready to start the 2013 season.  “At this point, unless the snows come in again, we’ve finished grading Red Sleep Mountain Drive and have dust control technicians coming in early next ...

Tick-Tock: Hungry ticks make for sick hikers

MISSION VALLEY — While the spring weather is a welcome reprieve from Montana’s winter, several wildlife agencies around Western Montana are issuing warnings regarding a voracious predator that spreads disease and drinks the blood of the living — ticks. According to a press release from t...

Migratory birds take center stage

PABLO — As part of a yearly celebration of migratory birds, we would like to encourage everyone to stop by the lobby of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Complex in Pablo from April 22-25. Local third-grade artists from across the Reservation have completed excellent entries for this year&rsq...

Hungry bears emerging from winter dens

It’s time to put the birdfeeders away for the year. Tribal wildlife biologists report that several grizzly bears have been documented in the valley this spring.  So while it may still feel like winter, some bears have emerged from winter hibernation, and very few natural foods are available now...

Lake trout fishing materials available

The CSKT Fisheries Program announces the release of a set of educational materials designed to increase the success of lake trout catch on Flathead Lake. The materials include “Catching Lake Trout in Flathead Lake,” a two-DVD set, a Flathead Lake bathymetric map, a factsheet with fish identificat...

Bowhunter education class offered

POLSON — The first bowhunter education class of 2013 in Lake County is scheduled for April 16, 18 and 20. That’s Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and Saturday is a field course from 8 a.m. to noon. The evening classes will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 409 Fourth Ave...

Montana sees first wolf population decrease since 2004

HELENA — This year’s wolf hunt saw the largest take in the hunt’s short history. According to a press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the minimum number of wolves in Montana at the end of 2012 was 625 wolves in 147 packs and 37 breeding pairs — a population decrease ...


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