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.
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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.
State wildlife officials are holding the hunt after a mule deer shot north of Chester tested positive for the disease.
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.
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…
The mule deer buck was shot by a hunter near the Canadian border. The other four deer came from south of Billings.
Hunting is part of the states’ grizzly management strategy. But details have yet to be worked out and state officials have consistently said any hunts would be limited to a small number of bears so as not to endanger the overall population.
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.
North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department is adding Montana to the list of states from which the movement of deer carcasses into North Dakota is restricted. The goal is to keep the disease from spreading throughout North Dakota.
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…
Sparring among young bulls is common as they prepare for the rut; what is unusual in this case is that the bulls keep returning to this particular location.
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.
State’s annual wolf report shows a minimum of 477 wolves were counted for 2016. That’s down from 536 wolves counted in 2015, but doesn’t necessarily reflect a reduction in wolf numbers, but rather a reduction in counting effort.
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.
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.
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.
Management plan calls for a population of 3,000 bison in the region, but about 5,500 live there now.
Turbidity is taking a toll on the weight of the fish, which have to be able to see their food to eat it.
Even more business expected in 2017, although issues such as invasive mussels a cause for concern.
Fall pre-established harvest sub-quota for the districts have been met
The trees will be placed in the pond in the coming spring, submerged and anchored to increase habitat complexity, provide hiding cover for juvenile fish and nesting cover for some species of adult fish.
Tiber Reservoir remains the only water body in which multiple sample results showed mussel larvae in the state.