Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks

Elk standing in a field.
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Several elk in southwestern Montana’s Ruby Mountains have been exposed to brucellosis. State officials say it’s the first time the disease has reached elk in the area.

State wildlife managers in Montana’s northwest corner want to change wolf hunting regulations. Under a new proposal from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 1, general hunting and trapping seasons for wolves would lengthen and the individual kill limit would double.

State and Federal wildlife managers are offering a first-of-its-kind summit on grizzly bear education in Helena this week.

A female elk walks through a snowy forest near Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park, February 2018.
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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is proposing to cut back on extended elk hunts next season. It comes several weeks after the Fish and Wildlife Commission said the agency should find other ways to drop elk numbers on private land. 

Thirteen percent of the white-tailed deer in the town of Libby could be infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD), the highest prevalence rate in the state. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said this fall’s sampling efforts determined prevalence is almost three times the agency’s threshold for more aggressive management actions.

A bison standing off the road in Yellowstone National Park.
Jackie Yamanaka / Yellowstone Public Radio

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks this week released a document nearly eight years in the making that outlines how bison could be restored in the state as publicly managed wildlife. 

A brown trout swims near the surface of the water.
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The public comment period closes Monday, Jan. 6 at midnight, on proposals to address crowding and conflicts on the iconic Madison River in southwest Montana.

A herd of Elk.
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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is holding four public meetings in south-central Montana in January to discuss hunting regulations and seasons for the next two years.

A dead trophy mule deer
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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is investigating another poaching case, this one in the Missoula area.

Two snowmobilers are waist deep in mountain snow with their snowmobiles on Mt. Abundance.
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A series of avalanches near Cooke City this weekend hailed the start of avalanche season.

Snowmobilers triggered several slides in Cooke City, including one on Mount Abundance and several on Crown Butte.