Mostly lower-than-average hunter numbers and harvest success in second weekend, with grizzly sighting and reminder for hunters to be bear aware.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Reports
The hunter and his partner were in the Beattie Gulch area and surprised a sow and cub at very close range. The sow charged.
As bears become more common in prairie creek bottoms and brush rows, encounters with bird hunters become more frequent as well.
(Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks photo)With the proliferation of adult quagga mussels in Lake Powell, on the border of Utah and Arizona, watercraft from this lake that are entering Montana will be subject to additional measures at watercraft inspection stations to ensure they are free from aquatic invasive species. Lake Powell is on the Colorado River and invasive mussels are…
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wants to remind anglers that as reservoir water temperatures increase, mortality associated with catch-and-release also increases. A past study published in The North American Journal of Fisheries Management found that walleye catch-and-release mortality rate rose from zero to 1.8 percent with water temps below 68 degrees to nearly 16 percent when water temps were above…
Confusion about the animal might be due to the condition of the animal and the photos, which seemed to show short legs and big ears. Inspection revealed a relatively normal-looking, dark-brown wolf.
With about 900 wolves, it marks the 13th consecutive year that Montana has far exceeded wolf recovery goals, the agency says.
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.
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 widespread extermination of wolves and cougars early last century meant elk herds that the carnivores prey on were able to grow in size. The swollen herds ate away willow plants and other vegetation along the park’s streams, causing erosion damage, a recent study says.Chronic wasting disease has not yet been discovered in Montana’s wild populations of deer, elk and…
A grizzly bear like this one was shot illegally by a Wyoming hunter in 2017. 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 Parks and the USDA Wildlife…
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.