Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks

A little brown bat or little brown myotis (Myotis lucifugus) .
Courtesy of Kristi DuBois/FWP

A fungus that has killed millions of bats in the eastern and central parts of the U.S. is now spreading across the West. Biologists recently detected it for the first time in Montana. Local scientists are collecting data inside caves, below bridges and under the night sky.

State wildlife officials say a record number of boats carrying invasive mussels have already entered Montana this year.

There have been 18 boats detected at check stations throughout the state so far in 2020, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Aquatic Invasive Species Bureau Chief Thomas Wolf.

A grizzly bear was sighted nearly 80 miles northeast of Great Falls Sunday, according to state wildlife officials. The area near Big Sandy where the bear was spotted is the farthest a grizzly is known to have ventured toward the eastern plains of Montana from either the Yellowstone or Glacier area populations.

People fish the Madison River in this photo taken in 2012.
Bureau of Land Management / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

BOZEMAN, Mont. (Bozeman Daily Chronicle) — Montana is moving ahead with its attempt to ease crowding on one of its most popular rivers.

Grizzly bear sow and cub in Yellowstone National Park.
Yellowstone National Park / Yellowstone National Park

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (Great Falls Tribune) — A sow grizzly bear and two cubs were captured because they were coming near residences along the Rocky Mountain Front to eat spilled grain.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has detected over a dozen boats with various aquatic invasive species on board so far this year. The detections come as more and more boats are lining up at inspection stations.

A grizzly bear was euthanized roughly 12 miles south of Eureka after it became habituated to people and food conditioned, according to a Tuesday press release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

As bear activity is picking up across northwest Montana, grizzly bear managers are juggling the uncertain and unexpected impacts of COVID-19 on wild places.

On Friday, state, federal and tribal wildlife officials met remotely over Zoom for their semi-annual meeting. The group discussed how to manage the largest grizzly populations in the lower 48 states – the bears in and around Glacier National Park.

A trio of grizzly bear cubs whose mother was killed after attacking a hiker in Montana have a new home at a zoo in Arizona, state and federal wildlife officials said.

White Tailed Deer
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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on May 19 announced the first suspected case of chronic wasting disease in a new area in the southwest corner of the state.