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West Nile confirmed in three counties

News from DPHHS  State and local public health officials are reporting the season’s first West Nile Virus detections with three counties confirming positive mosquito samples. Cascade, Sheridan and Yellowstone counties have all had a positive mosquito sample for WNV. To date, no cases of WNV have been identified in a human, but the detection of WNV in Montana is a reminder of the importance of avoiding mosquito bites. Most people who become infected with WNV experience no symptoms, but one in five develop a mild illness, with symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash. Other individuals, fewer than one out of 150, may become severel...


Fire danger lowered, debris burning closed

News from CSKT  After recent widespread rain, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Division of Fire officials are reporting lower fire danger within the Flathead Indian Reservation, and the fire danger rating has been lowered to high, effective immediately.   The move does not i...


Wasting disease meeting to be held in Polson

News from CSKT Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a chronic wasting disease public information meeting in Polson on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Kwataqnuk Resort beginning at 6 p.m.   This meeting is one of seven public meetings scheduled to take place in Northwest Montana (see fwp.mt.gov/ne...


Public invited to learn about bears Public invited to learn about bears

News from People and Carnivores  LAKE COUNTY – Join us for a presentation on living with grizzlies in the Mission Valley. Protect yourself, your property, and the bears too. Join People and Carnivores and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes to learn how bears are using this landsca...


Whether you fish or float, take care of Montana’s fishing access sites

News from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks MONTANA – Montana’s fishing access sites accommodate roughly 3.9 million visits from people every year. These visits happen on about 330 fishing access sites across the state that vary in size from less than one acre to several hundred acres. The...


 Study finds native bighorn sheep herds retain migratory diversity

By Rachel Hergett, MSU News Service BOZEMAN – On the surface, bighorn sheep migration is like that of many other large mammals, moving to higher elevations as snow melts in the springtime then returning to lower ground to forage as winter sets in. But a study published this month by Montana Sta...


Montana State Parks announces 2020 season

News from Montana State Parks    MONTANA – Montana State Parks announced that the 2020 summer reservation season will be open on Nov. 15. The summer reservation season runs from the third Friday in May through the third Sunday in September and campsites may be booked up to six months in...


Fire fund nearly doubled heading into wildfire season Fire fund nearly doubled heading into wildfire season

News from the Governor’s Office  MONTANA – Gov. Steve Bullock announced that Montana’s fire fund will be nearly doubled to $66.5 million, up from $36 million, heading into the wildfire season. “Montanans can rest assured that due to strong fiscal management by the state o...


Fire danger 'very high'

News from CSKT Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Division of Fire officials have determined fire danger within the Flathead Indian Reservation to be Very High.   Recent days have been extremely hot and dry with little to no moisture, causing vegetation and grasses to cure. This fine...


Hunter education class announced

News from CSKT  Class for the Polson, Ronan, Pablo summer Hunter Education course will start Tuesday, Aug. 20, in room 118 of the Beaverhead math and science building on the Salish Kootenai College campus in Pablo. The course is free of charge. All classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. ...


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