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Bighorn sheep head to new home Bighorn sheep head to new home

BIG ARM — Wildhorse Island is an incubator for bighorn sheep, and for the past four out of five years, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks have removed excess bighorn sheep to other areas in the state.  Bruce Sterling, Montana wildlife biologist from Thompson Falls, said during an aerial wildlife survey last week, Fish Wildlife and Parks staff counted 155 Bighorn Sheep on the 2,160-acre island. While they can’t count every sheep, that’s a good number, and maybe more than the island can support.  Dave Landstrom, FWP State Park Manager, said an optimum number of sheep on the island would be 100 to 125. Bighorn sheep, whitetail deer and six wild horses share th...


State sees high bobcat trapping numbers State sees high bobcat trapping numbers

LAKE COUNTY – High fur prices created a lucrative pull for trappers to take to the woods last year and more incentive to break the law. “We saw more steel out in the woods this year trapping than anyone has seen in recent times,” Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Captain Lee Anderson said....


Winter wonder: mystery snowballs show up on ponds Winter wonder: mystery snowballs show up on ponds

CHARLO — A winter phenomenon called snow rollers have been cropping up on local ponds, drawing curious onlookers to wonder how these natural snowballs were created. Snow rollers form when a light layer of snow falls atop ice; the wind picks up the layer and literally rolls the snow up across the sur...


Hunting educators to be awarded

Hunting educators  to be awarded   News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks LAKE COUNTY — Hunter and Bowhunter Education instructors will receive service awards from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks at the annual Region 1 Instructor Workshop Saturday, March 1 at Flathead Valley ...


Bowhunter education courses offered

  News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks KALISPELL — A number of bowhunter education classes have been scheduled for northwest Montana.  All students must register online at fwp.mt.gov. When registering, students will note specific information and guidelines for the course included ...


Sign up for Hunter Education Course Feb. 28

News from Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Natural Resources Department PABLO — Registration for the Spring Hunter Education Course will be Friday, Feb. 28 in Room 116 of the Beaverhead Math and Science building on the Salish Kootenai College campus in Pablo.  Classes begin Wednesday,...


Tyro to speak about polar bears

News from Salish Kootenai College PABLO — On Friday, Feb. 7, Salish Kootenai College Professor Dr. Frank Tyro will present a free program about the polar bears of Churchill, Manitoba at the Johnny Arlee/Victor Charlo Theatre on the campus of Salish Kootenai College.  Tyro will answer questio...


Pablo Reservoir hot ticket for perch

Fishermen: Pablo Reservoir is open and I would tag it as the hottest perch fishery in Western Montana, judging from all the reports I’ve received. There have been reports of guys taking home as many as 100 perch. Steve Speckert of Polson said he landed the biggest perch he has caught in 30 years....


Come learn about the winter bird count

News from the Mission Mountain Audubon Society POLSON — “The Great Backyard Bird Count: the Winter Birds of the Mission Valley” by Pat Jamieson, outdoor recreation planner for the National Bison Range, will be the next educational program of the Mission Mountain Audubon Society on Wednes...


Proposed hunting regulation changes to be discussed

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks KALISPELL — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will hold a northwest Montana meeting on the 2014-2015 hunting regulation proposals at the Red Lion Hotel, Kalispell Center Mall, on Saturday, Jan. 4. Other informational meetings are scheduled in other ...


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