Montana FWP Seeks Comments on Environmental Assessment to Remove Northern Pike in the Missouri River

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on
an environmental assessment to remove northern pike in the Missouri
River to reduce threats to wild trout populations and reservoir
fisheries.

FWP proposes to remove northern pike from the Missouri River basin
from Holter Dam upstream to the Missouri headwaters and the
Madison, Gallatin, and Jefferson River basins. Northern pike would
be captured during regular sampling efforts in Canyon Ferry,
Hauser, and Holter Reservoirs and actively pursued in the Missouri
River upstream of Canyon Ferry Reservoir into the lower Madison,
Gallatin, and Jefferson Rivers. All northern pike that are
salvageable and of suitable size for consumption would be field
dressed and donated to food banks or other facilities.

The draft environmental assessment is available in Bozeman at
the FWP Region 3 office (1400 S. 19th Ave.), Great Falls at the FWP
Region 4 office (4600 Giant Springs Road), FWP’s Headquarters in
Helena (1420 E. 6th Ave.), or on FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov under
Recent Public Notices.

Comments on the environmental assessment will be accepted until 5
p.m. on May 6, 2011, and may be emailed to thorton@mt.gov or mailed
to:

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

Attn: Fisheries Manager Travis Horton

1400 S. 19th Avenue

Bozeman, MT 59718

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