Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks http://kufm.org en Bears starting to - or soon will - emerge from winter dens http://kufm.org/post/bears-starting-or-soon-will-emerge-winter-dens <p>Springtime in Montana brings with it a few certainties: For one, it's gong to be muddy. It's also going to be warm and beautiful one day, then snowy and cold the next.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It also means bears are starting to wake up and will soon be lumbering out of their dens.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:16:14 +0000 Edward O'Brien 17147 at http://kufm.org Bears starting to - or soon will - emerge from winter dens YNP, State taking first steps toward new Bison Management Plan http://kufm.org/post/ynp-state-taking-first-steps-toward-new-bison-management-plan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">National Park Service officials are announcing a partnership with the state of Montana to consider changes to managing bison in and around Yellowstone National Park.</span></p><p>Hundreds of bison wander into the state from the park’s northern boundary during many winters.</p><p>Livestock owners worry about the animals damaging property and spreading disease.</p><p>The Park Service and the state have been operating under their current Bison Management Plan since 2001.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 23:23:19 +0000 Dan Boyce 16875 at http://kufm.org YNP, State taking first steps toward new Bison Management Plan Only five additional wolf kills recorded despite liberalized season http://kufm.org/post/only-five-additional-wolf-kills-recorded-despite-liberalized-season <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The final numbers for this wolf hunting season look to be very close to those from last year. The six-month season ended this past Saturday. Hunters and trappers killed a total of 230 wolves, compared with 225 last season.</span></p><p>The very similar numbers come despite more aggressive hunting rules from Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.</p><p>It’s the second year trappers have been added to the state’s strategy to reign in wolf numbers--and trapping numbers actually dropped, from 97 down to 86.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:28:26 +0000 Dan Boyce 16332 at http://kufm.org Only five additional wolf kills recorded despite liberalized season Are wolf populations in Yellowstone leveling out? http://kufm.org/post/are-wolf-populations-yellowstone-leveling-out <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new report shows a declining population of wolves in Yellowstone National Park, but a lead author describes it as a result of the predators coming into balance with their environment.</span></p><p>“The number of wolves are here that can be supported by prey,” said Doug Smith, Yellowstone Senior Wildlife Biologist and leader of the Yellowstone Wolf Project.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Dan Boyce 13928 at http://kufm.org Are wolf populations in Yellowstone leveling out? Roadkill: it’s what’s for dinner http://kufm.org/post/roadkill-it-s-what-s-dinner <p>If you haven't picked up your turkey yet, and you hit a deer with your car, under a new permit system that went into effect this week, you could keep that deer for your Thanksgiving meal.</p><p></p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:42:31 +0000 Sally Mauk 11638 at http://kufm.org Roadkill: it’s what’s for dinner Helena asks state for permission to cull 70 'urban deer' in 2014 http://kufm.org/post/helena-asks-state-permission-cull-70-urban-deer-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The City of Helena is asking for permission to trap and kill 70 deer next year that live in the city limits.</span></p><p>The state wildlife commission approves such requests.</p><p>Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us Helena has been working for years to lower the population of these so-called urban deer.</p><p></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 00:37:04 +0000 Dan Boyce 11020 at http://kufm.org Helena asks state for permission to cull 70 'urban deer' in 2014 'Wolf Hunt Sabotage Manual' circulated by environmental group http://kufm.org/post/wolf-hunt-sabotage-manual-circulated-environmental-group <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The environmental organization Earth First began circulating a guidebook on how to sabotage the hunting of wolves last week.</span></p><p>The online guide lays out steps for destroying wolf traps, releasing trapped wolves and disrupting wolf hunts through methods such as smoke bombs and air horns. It asserts states, the NRA, and the Obama Administration are engaging in a conspiracy to wipe wolves off the face of the planet.</p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:03:46 +0000 Dan Boyce 7121 at http://kufm.org 'Wolf Hunt Sabotage Manual' circulated by environmental group Over 100 types of hunting and fishing licenses?! FWP looks to streamline http://kufm.org/post/over-100-types-hunting-and-fishing-licenses-fwp-looks-streamline <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is looking into simplifying fishing and hunting licenses in the state.</span></p><p>Right now there are about 100 different types of licenses—and FWP wants to cut that down.</p><p>Department Director Jeff Hagener has appointed a twelve member council to study the issue for the next half-year or so.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The council will try to streamline the process without reducing the amount of revenue coming in.</span></p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 16:32:11 +0000 Dan Boyce 6540 at http://kufm.org Over 100 types of hunting and fishing licenses?! FWP looks to streamline Survey to study river recreation patterns http://kufm.org/post/survey-study-river-recreation-patterns <p>Various agencies are teaming-up to research recreation patterns on the Blackfoot and Bitterroot Rivers.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The study will be conducted by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service and the University of Montana.<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The point of the survey is to find out what river users like about our waterways and where they'd like to see some improvements made.</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 20:00:08 +0000 Edward O'Brien 3964 at http://kufm.org Survey to study river recreation patterns FWP mulls more aggressive wolf hunting season http://kufm.org/post/fwp-mulls-more-aggressive-wolf-hunting-season-0 <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(55, 55, 55); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 24px;">State wildlife officials have given initial approval to new, more aggressive wolf hunting rules for this year’s hunting season.&nbsp;The Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Commission is accepting public comment before taking a final vote on the proposal.</span></p> Fri, 10 May 2013 23:15:55 +0000 Dan Boyce 2242 at http://kufm.org FWP mulls more aggressive wolf hunting season