The special hunt is designed to gather information about the distribution and prevalence of CWD in deer in an area where a mule deer taken during the 2017 general big game season tested positive for CWD.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Reports
Includes 73 mule deer and 34 white-tailed deer. Season will run through Feb. 15, unless hunters fill a quota of 200 deer of each species before that date.
The mule deer buck was shot by a hunter near the Canadian border. The other four deer came from south of Billings.
A two-month mule deer hunt has been proposed in south-central Montana near where two bucks – which later tested positive for CWD – were killed earlier this fall.
This is the second mule deer to be found suspect for CWD within the last week. If either of the reports prove positive, it would be the first case of CWD in Montana.
Sample comes back suspect, second sample submitted; wildlife officials moving forward as if the mule deer will ultimately be determined positive for CWD.
(Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks photo)Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks aquatic invasive species inspection stations will close for the season Oct. 15. Boaters that are still in need of an inspection can receive one at a regional FWP office. Water temperatures in both Tiber and Canyon Ferry Reservoirs will be below the levels to allow invasive mussels to spawn, dramatically…
The only documented cases of CWD in Montana were in captive elk at a game farm in Philipsburg in 1999.Chronic wasting disease has not yet been discovered in Montana’s wild populations of deer, elk and moose, but as the disease continues to expand to the north, south and east of the state, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials believe it…
A number of incidents have been reported involving grizzly bears along the Rocky Mountain Front and adjacent plains in recent weeks.A large male grizzly bear was captured this past weekend west of Dupuyer, Mont., and euthanized on Monday after consultation with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The capture operation was conducted by specialists from Montana Fish, Wildlife and…
This year in Montana, grizzly bears have shown up in places they haven’t been for decades, maybe even more than a century.
FWP director: “It is critical to be careful, and be safe.”
Hunters will soon be sharing the landscape with bears that may be stalking similar prey.
After no grizzly sightings in perhaps a century, a third sighting in Montana’s northern Big Belt Mountains
As grizzly bear numbers in the western half of Montana – from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in the southwest, to Northern Continental Divide population – continue to increase, their range is expanding.
The discovery of mussel larvae in water samples from Tiber Reservoir last fall and a sample from Canyon Ferry Reservoir that was suspect for the larvae prompted a significant increase in Montana’s aquatic invasive species prevention efforts.
With the two males killed Monday, it was the farthest grizzly bears have been seen east of the Rocky Mountain Front in more than a century.
Specific attention given to high priority areas in southeast and northern Montana, where confirmed cases of CWD are closest to the state’s borders.
The program, initiated by a bill from the 2017 Montana Legislature, will provide significant funding for the state’s fight against aquatic invasive species.
Chance of encounters becoming more likely as sport of mountain biking takes off in many communities around Montana and as state’s grizzly bear population continues to expand.
Shed hunters should be especially cautious when approaching carcasses and carry bear spray in a holster on their hip or across their chest. Be aware that bears may be looking for winter kill in the same area one looks for sheds. Never try to haze a bear off a carcass.
Bird numbers are recovering, but with weather, hunters may have to put in some time for a successful season.
In 1969, Montana declared swift fox basically extinct locally. But due in part to transplant programs, sightings of swift foxes have increased in eastern and central Montana since the 1980s.
Effort features more than 30 inspection stations, decontamination stations for boats leaving Tiber and Canyon Ferry Reservoirs and a broad outreach and education effort to help ensure people recreating on Montana’s waterways are practicing clean, drain and dry techniques at all times.
Studies show that elk, deer and antelope hunters combined spent an estimated $324 million in Montana in 2016, and that money supports more than 3,300 jobs.