Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Department

Wyoming’s plan to increase grizzly hunt quotas disputed

(Photo by Bob Drieslein)HELENA, Mont. — Conservation groups alleged earlier this week that Wyoming used part of Montana’s grizzly bear hunting quota to increase its own allocation for a proposed hunt this year, even though Montana wildlife regulators voted not to give away any part of its quota. Wyoming’s proposal for its first grizzly hunt in decades sets a quota…

Funding change means less enforcement time for Montana game wardens

HELENA, Mont. — A legislative change in the funding for the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department means game wardens will be required to do more wildlife management work, making them less available for conservation law enforcement needs. The agency published a fact sheet on its website last week explaining the change. Big game hunting season begins on Oct. 21. The change…

Program to protect against invasive mussels in Montana has money issues

(Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks photo)POLSON, Mont. — A pilot program to help protect the Flathead Basin from invasive aquatic mussels faces funding problems on two fronts. The Flathead Basin Commission was to administer a program that could add more boat certification stations along with automated inspection and detection devices with funding from the sale of a boat sticker. However,…

Montana wrapping up ramped-up AIS inspection ‘season’

(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…