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Three grizzly bears test positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza

FWP Header Three grizzly bears test positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza HELENA – Three juvenile grizzly bears tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza... — Updated 1/19/2023

 
 By Roger Dey    Outdoors

Kids learn snowmobile safety

Kids on snowmobiles zipped back and forth across the meadow below the Ponderosa Snow Warriors clubhouse as part of a Snowmobile Safety Education Course, Saturday, Jan. 14. Six kids... — Updated 1/19/2023

 
 By Caven Wade    Outdoors

Lawmakers Debate Increasing Landowner Payments in Block Management Program

HELENA -- The Senate will now debate a bill passed in committee Friday that would double the limit on payments to landowners who opt to participate in the Block Management Program,... — Updated 1/16/2023

 
 By Amanda Eggert    Outdoors

Whitebark pine receives federal protection under Endangered Species Act

Citing threats posed by disease and climate change, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the whitebark pine is receiving federal protection under the Endangered... — Updated 12/20/2022

 
 By Amanda Eggert    Outdoors

Wildlife Watch: grizzly bear management

This story is excerpted from the Montan Free Press MT Lowdown, a weekly newsletter digest containing original reporting and analysis published every Friday. In anticipation of... — Updated 12/18/2022

 
 By News release    Outdoors

Please don't feed wildlife

There has been a huge growth in the number of people who, in addition to feeding birds, also directly or indirectly feed deer, bear and other animals around their homes and cabins.... — Updated 12/8/2022

 
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Court ruling reinstates the 2022 wolf hunting and trapping regulations

HELENA – Montana's 2022 wolf regulations passed by the Fish and Wildlife Commission in August will go back in effect immediately after a court ruling in a lawsuit against Montana... — Updated 12/5/2022

 
 By News Release    Outdoors

Bring home a Christmas tree from the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest this holiday season

HELENA – It is the most wonderful time of the year on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest! This year our Forest Service offices and districts will once again be providing... — Updated 11/22/2022

 
 By News Release    Outdoors

Court order changes wolf hunting season, effective immediately

HELENA – On Tuesday, a District Court in Lewis and Clark County issued a temporary restraining order impacting some of Montana's wolf hunting and trapping regulations. The... — Updated 11/16/2022

 
 By News Release    Outdoors

West-central Montana hunter check stations continue to report slightly above-average hunter success

MISSOULA –Hunter check stations in west-central Montana continue to report elk and deer harvests up from last year and the five-year average. The number of hunter trips through... — Updated 11/14/2022

 
 By News release    Outdoors

Above average mid-season numbers for west-central Montana hunter check stations

MISSOULA –Big game hunting season hits its midway mark this week, and hunter check stations in west-central Montana are reporting elk and deer harvests up from last year and the... — Updated 11/7/2022

 

UM Research Chronicles Forest Recovery after Montana's 2017 Fire Season

MISSOULA – For a researcher who studies wildfire, University of Montana graduate student Kyra Clark-Wolf couldn't have had better timing. Clark-Wolf arrived in Missoula to start... — Updated 10/26/2022

 
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Partnership announced to promote hunter behavior

It's up to us. Respect access. Protect the hunt HELENA – In Montana, good relationships between hunters and landowners are integral to our opportunities, lead to proper wildlife... — Updated 10/21/2022

 
 By News Release    Outdoors

National Visitor Use Monitoring underway on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest

HELENA - The National Visitor Use Monitoring survey is underway on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest to help gather data for forest managers on where visitors go, what... — Updated 10/21/2022

 

Hunting Regulations: UM Wildlife Researchers Seek to Clarify the Complicated

MISSOULA – Coming in at a weighty 143 pages, Montana's 2022 book of deer, elk and antelope hunting regulations is an impressive tome listing license costs, permit drawing stats,... — Updated 10/14/2022

 
 By News Release    Outdoors

Hunter attacked by grizzly bear near Choteau

GREAT FALLS – A 51-year-old hunter from Washington state sustained non-life threatening injuries when he was attacked by a grizzly bear on Tuesday afternoon in Teton County. The... — Updated 10/12/2022

 
 By Roger Dey    Outdoors

FVLT open house at Lincoln Community River Park

The Lincoln Community River Park along the south shore of the Blackfoot River just east of the Stemple Pass Road bridge got a bit of a facelift following a fall open house hosted... — Updated 10/6/2022

 
 By Roger Dey    Outdoors

FWP holding elk management public meeting in Lincoln Oct. 11

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will be hosting a meeting in Lincoln Oct. 11 to gather public input on revisions to the statewide Elk Management Plan adopted in 2005. The meeting,... — Updated 10/6/2022

 

Road closures remain in effect near Dalton Mountain

The Helmville-Gould Trail (#467) and Forest Service roads 1829 and 4128 on the Lincoln Ranger District remain closed south of Lincoln to accommodate the Dalton Timber Sale. Forest... — Updated 10/5/2022

 
 By News Release    Outdoors

Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest prepares for prescribed fire

HELENA, Mont. (Oct. 5, 2022) - Fire personnel across the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest (HLCNF) are preparing for fall and winter prescribed burning operations to reduce... — Updated 10/5/2022

 
 By News Release    Outdoors

Race to the Sky/Jack Beckstrom Bridge Dedicatio

The long awaited bridge dedication is finally just ahead. The US Forest Service and Montana Mountain Mushers have joined together to dedicate the new bridge across Beaver Creek... — Updated 10/2/2022

 

Road closures remain in effect near Dalton Mountain

Road closures remain in effect near Dalton Mountain The Helmville-Gould Trail (#467) and Forest Service roads 1829 and 4128 on the Lincoln Ranger District remain closed south of... — Updated 10/1/2022

 
 By News Release    Outdoors

Governor Gianforte Launches Youth Hunting Story Contest

HELENA, Mont. – Governor Greg Gianforte today announced the launch of the inaugural Governor's Youth Hunting Story Contest, open to Montana youth and apprentice hunters ages 10... — Updated 10/1/2022

 
 By News Release    Outdoors

Two grizzly bears euthanized after repeated conflicts in the upper Blackfoot

OVANDO – Wildlife officials euthanized two grizzly bears this week that were responsible for at least 10 conflicts in the upper Blackfoot Valley over the past two months.  Montan... — Updated 9/21/2022

 

Photos: Scapegoat 50

An estimated 600 people visited Lincoln Friday Sept. 16 and Friday Sept. 17 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the designation of the Scapegoat Wilderness.... — Updated 9/21/2022

 

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