Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks

A perch mecca in Montana

Perch – not walleye or trout, the state’s poster fish species – attracting big numbers of ice anglers from across Montana and beyond to Holter Lake, boasting unexplainable quantity and quality of fish.

Montana investigators trace origin of illegally introduced walleye

KALISPELL, Mont. — Wildlife investigators have used a kind of biological fingerprinting to unravel the origin of a pair of walleye illegally introduced in a northwestern Montana lake. The Flathead Beacon reports that Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists analyzed tiny bones from the two fishes’ inner ears. Those bones contain details of the water chemistry from where fish have…

CWD inevitable in Montana? State wildlife officials bulk up surveillance efforts

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…

Montana’s Diane Boyd: The Jane Goodall of wolves

Now, nearly four decades after she first arrived in Montana from Minnesota and following years of non-wolf work, Diane Boyd has orbited back to her professional origins with her new role as wolf management and carnivore specialist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Region 1.