August 3, 2012 9:39 AM
HELENA- The Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Commission has approved another bison hunting season, voting on Thursday to set the 2012 quotas at 44 either sex licenses and an additional 100 cow calf licenses.
Sixteen of the either sex licenses will be issued to the Montana Indian Tribes and... more »
August 2, 2012 12:12 PM
MISSOULA- State wildlife officials say they believe they have killed the mountain lion that approached a 4-year-old child at Harpers Lake Campground in the Blackfoot Valley on July 23rd.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks personnel have been at the campground in the lower Clearwater watershed for more than a... more »
June 13, 2012 12:34 PM
KALISPELL- State wildlife officials are holding an open house on Wednesday evening where they'll share information and answer questions on the proposed 2012-13 wolf hunting and trapping season.
The proposal being discussed calls for the general season to run from September 1st until February 28th, with trapping allowed from... more »
May 31, 2012 5:52 PM
MISSOULA- Drowning is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and warmer weather means more folks will be heading outside, prompting a University of Montana student to issue some words of warning.
Kimberly Parrow is working with the Montana... more »
May 30, 2012 11:28 AM
MISSOULA- Montana has more watercraft inspection stations in operation this year as it ramps up efforts to stop invasive species from getting into the state's waterways.But state officials are also urging boaters to be more vigilant in checking, and maintaining their vessels as part of the effort.
Montana Fish,... more »
May 20, 2012 7:54 PM
MISSOULA- Boaters are anxiously preparing to get out on the water, but invasive aquatic species are anxious to hitch a ride on watercraft.
That's the warning from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials who said invasive species are a very real threat to water bodies in the Treasure State.... more »
May 16, 2012 9:24 AM
KALISPELL- State game managers stopped in Kalispell as part of a series of statewide meetings about Bison management on Tuesday.
The three year plan being proposed would analyze a more widespread release of bison around Montana.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are developing a complete environmental review... more »
May 7, 2012 10:37 AM
HELENA- Montana game managers are proposing a series of sweeping changes to the state's wolf hunts, employing new techniques such as trapping and longer seasons in hopes of controlling wolf populations. Those are just some of the changes Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks staff propose for the 2012-2013 wolf hunts,... more »
May 1, 2012 11:14 AM
KALISPELL- State wildlife officials report that the caribou that was rescued in Montana last week has apparently recovered and was released this past weekend.
The caribou was rescued in upper Pinkham Creek by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists after having succumbed to apparent tick paralysis.
The caribou... more »
April 30, 2012 6:58 PM
KALISPELL- Fish, Wildlife and Parks Game managers caught one grizzly in the North Fork of the Flathead, while trying to trap another.
The 4-year-old grizzly was released in a different, more remote area of the North Fork. Bear managers were actually trying to capture a much larger, older grizzly... more »
April 23, 2012 6:21 PM
KALISPELL- If you are tired of having to sneak out of work early or camp out several days in advance to get a campsite for the weekend, you will be pleased to know, you no longer have to.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are reminding residents that they... more »
April 19, 2012 8:55 PM
BILLINGS- Our mild winter and warm spring is attracting more and more people to Montana's great outdoors, but it's also luring bears out of their dens.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists report an unusual amount of grizzly bear activity along the Beartooth Front range west of Red Lodge... more »
April 10, 2012 8:16 PM
KALISPELL- The public will get their chance to see what Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is doing for the Westslope Cutthroat Trout at an upcoming meeting in Kalispell.
FWP officials will be presenting information on the Westslope Cutthroat conservation project for the South Fork River. Biologists will summarize... more »
April 5, 2012 8:44 PM
It's officially spring... and bears are now emerging from the woods in search of food. According to Kalispell Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) officials, the numbers of bear sightings remains small right now, but they have definitely emerged. There have been signs of grizzlies coming out of hibernation in Glacier... more »
March 26, 2012 7:50 PM
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is denying any wrongdoing in approving the relocation of Yellowstone National Park bison onto two Indian reservations.
The state has officially responded to a lawsuit filed by a group of ranchers and the Valley County Commission.
The group contends the state violated... more »
March 20, 2012 7:20 PM
KALISPELL- It may not feel like the first day of spring, but it is, and that means bears are waking up and walking out of their dens.
While none of the furry predators have been spotted recently in the Flathead, two full-grown grizzlies have already appeared on the Rocky... more »
March 19, 2012 9:02 PM
MISSOULA, MT - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks needs your help identifying a poacher. Wardens discovered a number of whitetail deer carcasses over the weekend in the Fish Creek drainage west of Alberton.
Warden Justin Singleterry believes someone shot and abandoned the deer between the late evening hours of Saturday,... more »
March 19, 2012 5:51 PM
Two grizzly bear family groups have been reported on the Rocky Mountain Front recently.
In a press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, officials state that game warden spotted a grizzly female with three yearling cubs on the Blackleaf Wildlife Management Area west of Choteau.
Another grizzly... more »
March 8, 2012 10:11 PM
HELENA- Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) officials are making plans to manage wolves more aggressively with FWP Wildlife Chief Ken McDonald says the agency is seriously considering going to a general wolf season which would eliminate quotas and management units.
McDonald says staff is also looking at allowing... more »
February 28, 2012 6:57 PM
KALISPELL- Several Kalispell residents witnessed an actual wolf at Kalispell Middle School just a couple of days ago, but Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP) officials say that the chances of seeing another wolf in town are about as likely as those of seeing a grizzly bear. It's possible, just... more »
February 27, 2012 8:01 PM
A Sanders County Fish, Wildlife and Parks agent was recently ticketed and fined by the agency he works for after mistakenly shooting a bull elk. Warden Captain Lee Anderson says Bruce Sterling was on an agency damage hunt, looking for cow elk. Sterling fired at an animal he believed to... more »
February 24, 2012 6:06 PM
HELENA, MT - Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks says a new archery elk tag is for causing confusion for hunters.
Several reports following last week's FWP Commission meeting suggested FWP would offer a new "900-15" elk archery permit that could be used in up to 21 limited entry hunting districts.... more »
February 16, 2012 8:28 PM
KALISPELL- Kids were reeling in the rainbow trout Thursday morning at Pine Grove Pond north of Kalispell, and they were implementing some very unique fishing techniques.
"First you do fishy fishy fishy....and then you wiggle your pole, And then you bob it up and down for seven times, then... more »
February 16, 2012 6:07 PM
The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Commission is giving hunters another chance to kill bison.
On Thursday, by a 4 to 1 vote, the commission decided to allow hunters the opportunity to shoot a bison outside defined tolerance areas and outside the hunting normal season.
Commissioner A.T.... more »
February 10, 2012 5:54 PM
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is reminding pet owners not to let their animals chase wildlife. Each year, FWP receives reports of wildlife being killed by pets.
Pets can also be injured or killed while attempting to take down an animal, big or small. Therefore, officials say it's... more »
February 2, 2012 8:12 PM
WILD HORSE ISLAND- What has four hooves, two horns and flies gracefully through the air? A bighorn sheep of course.
Crews with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) were hard at work Thursday pulling sheep off of Wild Horse Island on Flathead Lake to transfer them to the Dillon... more »
January 25, 2012 6:19 PM
Hunters applying for deer and elk permits will have to do it a little sooner than usual this year.
The deadline for residents and non-residents to apply for deer and elk permits is now March 15, which was moved up to allow hunters more time to prepare for hunts,... more »
January 19, 2012 11:10 PM
HELENA- The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Commission is giving preliminary approval to that idea of extending the wolf hunt on the West Fork of the Bitterroot.
FWP has seen slow going in its efforts to control wolf populations through hunting this winter. But the problem is especially... more »
January 11, 2012 10:24 PM
HELENA- Several landowners are suing Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) over its plan to relocate Yellowstone National Park bison.
The landowners say the state failed to fully analyze the impacts of the bison on humans when the FWP Commission voted to move 68 bison to Fort Peck and... more »
December 28, 2011 6:48 PM
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is closing wolf hunting region Management area 101 in northern Montana.
Located in the northwestern part of the state near Flathead Lake, the FWP Commission set the quota in that area at 19 and according to the FWP website , hunters have filled... more »
December 27, 2011 7:32 PM
HELENA- Now that Christmas is over, some Helena residents are already taking down their trees.
The City of Helena and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) are teaming up to offer an alternative to throwing your tree in the landfill.
Residents can take their trees to the Helena... more »
December 20, 2011 5:28 PM
Anglers will be able to fish at Beaver Lake this winter, but Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) officials are urging precaution. FWP is asking ice anglers to use caution at Beaver Lake, north of Whitefish, because of the Eurasian watermilfoil infestation. FWP wants those who fish to avoid certain... more »
December 14, 2011 7:08 PM
KALISPELL- A proposal to remove hunting licenses for those allowed to hunt from their vehicles now sits before Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials. FWP officials say they suspect that more people of faking disabilities just to take advantage of privileges granted to disabled hunters. The permit to hunt from... more »
December 6, 2011 9:18 AM
HELENA- Hunters may have finally hit the quota for wolves in the Missoula area. But most management zones in Western Montana are still far behind targets as the state considers a plan to extend the wolf season. This is the second season Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has staged a... more »
November 28, 2011 7:44 PM
Hunters have to put their rifles up, now that the season is over in Montana.
Many hunters experienced a slow start to the season, but Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reports a nice rebound in harvest numbers over the final weekend.
Helena area game warden Brenna White says... more »
November 27, 2011 7:00 PM
BONNER- The big game hunting season in Montana closed Sunday.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials at the Bonner check station said overall success numbers are down this year.
They said the number of elk harvests are pretty close to what they were last year, but both white tail... more »
November 25, 2011 5:54 PM
Grizzlies are typically in their winter dens by late November, but with strange weather and other factors, people continue to see the predators out searching for food.
As late as Thursday, one FWP employee tracked a sow grizzly and her cub in the lower reaches of the swan mountain... more »
November 23, 2011 11:11 PM
The bodies of several poached moose turned up in the Upper Clark Fork area, and now Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is looking for information on these cases.
Someone shot two bull moose just south of the Hogback, or the Morgan-Case Homestead in Upper Rock Creek, sometime last Tuesday... more »
November 7, 2011 6:01 PM
Despite the snow and colder temperatures, it was another slow weekend for hunters in southwest Montana, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
An estimated five percent of the 1,635 hunters who passed through Region 3's six game-check stations this past weekend harvested a deer or an elk, according... more »
October 25, 2011 8:17 PM
HELENA- Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials are asking for the public's help in locating and tracking wolves.
If anyone sees any sign of wolf activity they are asked to report it to the agency. FWP must prepare annual reports to document the status of the wolf population in... more »
October 20, 2011 9:47 PM
State game wardens are asking for the public's help in turning in poachers.
Last week we told you about the shooting and abandonment of three elk near Canyon Creek.
Officials say that such a loss of animals is not only a waste of good meat, but is a... more »