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People reminded to heed seasonal regulations

News from the Tribal Wildland Recreation Program  LAKE COUNTY — As the seasons change, new recreational seasonal closures take effect and some closures are now lifted, according to Les Bigcrane, Tribal Wildland Recreation Program. The use of fireworks at the Blue Bay Camp Grounds is prohibited except at the day-use beach area on the Fourth of July. Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness annual trail closures for pack and riding stock were lifted as of July 1. The Grizzly Bear Management Zone in the Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness is closed from July 15 through October 1, unless posted otherwise, including the Ashley Lakes Trail.  Both member and non-tribal membe...


Landowner permission needed to remove invasive plants

News from the Flathead Basin Commission POLSON — Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) can foul boats, degrade water quality and wreak havoc on a host of native species. The economic impacts are equally adverse. Once invasive species become established in a watershed, property values and tourism revenues g...


Fishing Without Barriers Day a success

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks POLSON — A total of 80 anglers with disabilities participated in the 20th annual Fishing Without Barriers Day on Flathead Lake on June 13. The anglers caught a total of 13 lake trout from fishing boats trolling on the lake; the largest lake trout measu...


International Migratory Bird Day Festival a success International Migratory Bird Day Festival a success

News from CS&KT  Natural Resources PABLO — Tribal Wildlife Management Program reports a good community turn out to celebrate the Community International Migratory Bird Day Festival held Thursday, May 23 at Salish Kootenai College’s Joe McDonald Fitness Center. There was a steady st...


Controlling invasive Whitetop requires integrated methods

Unless you haven’t been paying attention at all to flowering weeds, you have noticed the white blossoms covering pastures, rangeland, ditch banks, disturbed areas and even cropland this spring in Lake County. However attractive the blossoms are, the plant producing them is a dangerous invader to desira...


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...


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...


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