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 By News Release    News    July 22, 2021

Handle fish carefully during summer heat wave

GREAT FALLS - As air and water temperatures continue to climb, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff urge anglers to use extra care when handling...

 By News Release    News    July 22, 2021

Montana's Historical Society Offers Education for All Ages

Wooly mammoth tusks, a bison jump diorama and a fascinating collection of Charlie Russell artwork are a few of the treasures to behold at the Montana...

 By News Release    News    July 15, 2021

DNA confirms euthanized bear responsible for Ovando attack

MISSOULA – DNA results received Wednesday confirmed the bear killed by wildlife officials last Friday was the same bear who fatally attacked a... Full story


Lincoln Airport Open House & Barbecue slated for July 24

For the last 18 years, Lincoln resident and pilot Jerry Cain has hosted an annual fly-in barbecue / potluck at his Lincoln Airport hangar for Montana...

 By News Release    News    July 8, 2021

Officials kills grizzly bear near Ovando

OVANDO – Wildlife officials shot and killed a grizzly bear early Friday morning less than two miles from Ovando, where a woman was killed in a...

 By News Release    News    July 8, 2021

Montana FWP releases additional information on fatal Grizzly attack in Ovando

FWP keeps traps in Ovando area, more details released OVANDO – After two days of searching by helicopter and on the ground, the grizzly bear that... Full story

 By News Release    News    July 8, 2021

Health Officials Suggest Steps to Prevent West Nile Virus

State and local public health officials are reminding Montanans to take steps to avoid mosquito bites and prevent infection from West Nile Virus. In...

 By News Release    News    July 1, 2021

American Legion of Montana Partners with MTVAHCS to bring COVID-19 vaccines to veterans and their families

Helena - The pandemic has highlighted the power of partnerships and this Friday, Veterans and their families and caregivers are invited to...

 By News Release    News    June 24, 2021

USDA Seeks Applications to Strengthen Rural Cooperatives and Improve Economic Conditions in Montana's Rural Areas

BOZEMAN – USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson announced June 11that the Department is accepting applications for grants...

 By News Release    News    June 17, 2021

Report snapping turtles in west-central Montana

Missoula – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is asking for help from the public in reporting snapping turtle sightings in west-central...

 By News Release    News    June 17, 2021

Hunters can register online for game damage hunt roster

HELENA – Hunters interested in participating in game damage hunt opportunities need to register online for the Hunt Roster beginning Tuesday, June...

 By News Release    News    June 3, 2021

Grizzly bear euthanized after cattle killed near Avon

AVON – Wildlife officials euthanized a male grizzly bear on May 24 in the Ophir Creek area northeast of Avon. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wil...

 By News Release    News    May 20, 2021

Enrollment now open for American Legion Boys State in Montana

Now in its 73rd year, The American Legion Boys State program is accepting applications for 2021. Boys State will be held June 6th- 11th, in Helena. Th...

 By News Release    News    May 20, 2021

Learn about native wildflowers in central Montana!

HELENA - From the early-season Pasqueflower and Yellow Bells to the mid-season Arrowleaf Balsamroot, wildflowers are in bloom across central Montana!...

 By News Release    News    May 6, 2021

Montana regains second Congressional seat

HELENA, Mont. – Montana will regain its second congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to the 2020 Census state...

 By News Release    News    May 6, 2021

NorthWestern Energy asks public to report osprey building nests on power lines

Butte - Osprey nests can cause power outages and even fires, and their proximity to energized equipment puts the birds at risk of electrocution....

 By News Release    News    April 29, 2021

Rob Gump to lead the Lincoln Ranger District

LINCOLN, Mont. April 21, 2021 - Rob Gump has been selected as the new district ranger for the Lincoln Ranger District, the western most district on...

 By News Release    News    April 29, 2021

MHS seeks western Montana families for centennial farm and ranch listing

The Montana Historical Society (MHS) invites families in Western Montana to apply for listing in the Centennial Farm and Ranch Register. While owners...

 By News Release    News    April 15, 2021

FWP seeks public comment on elk management guiding principles, CWD management plan

HELENA – Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking public comment on Elk Management Guiding Principles developed by the Elk Management Plan...

 By News Release    News    April 15, 2021

LCPH vaccination clinics at fairgrounds now include surrounding counties, vaccine team consolidates clinic dates

Helena – Lewis and Clark Public Health has expanded our drive-thru mass vaccination clinics at the Fairgrounds to include individuals age 16 and...

 By News Release    News    April 8, 2021

Forkrud named president of Citizens Alliance Bank

Philip R. Forstrom, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Citizens Alliance Bank, has announced that Chad Forkrud has been installed as the Bank's...

 By News Release    News    April 8, 2021

FWP Reminds you to leave baby animals alone, and be mindful of diseases

Each spring, FWP receives calls from people who have picked up deer fawns or other wildlife. It's important to remember that Montana Fish, Wildlife...

 By News Release    News    April 1, 2021


HELENA – Bears are emerging from dens with the onset of spring, and people are reminded to “Be Bear Aware.” Bears can be found throughout...


RMDC plans gradual reopening

Last week marks one year since Rocky shut its doors to the public due to COVID-19. Since that time, many of us have suffered loss, illness, and isolation The pandemic has been hard on everyone, but ol...

 By News Release    News    March 4, 2021

Student Arts Scholarships Available

Life may now seem turned upside down by the coronavirus and recent school closure and event cancellations, but Alpine Artisans would like to...


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