Tags Archives: Wildlife

Funding for FWP enforcement shifts after 2017 legislature

According to a release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the department is being required to shift 30 percent of their enforcement hours to wildlife management. This decision stems from the 2017 Montana Legislative session after the Legislature applied for more federal Pittman-Robertson funding rather than increasing license fees.

Madison County moose population healthy, according to summer survey

Over the course of July and August, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Dean Waltee classified 121 moose across the area to determine post neonatal calf and bull to cow ratios. Through doing so, Waltee is able to provide data on herd production through an accumulation of pregnancy, female health and calf survival.

Wildlife mortality hotspots, connectivity along U.S. Highway 287

In 2012, the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University and the Craighead Institute started a project to look at the effects of U.S. Highway 287 and MT Highway 87 in the Madison Valley on road related wildlife mortality and movement patterns, said Lance Craighead of the Craighead Institute.

Compared to last year’s record harvest, hunter success rate low

“At the end of last (hunting) season we had 8,700 elk in that country,” Waltee said. “Coming out of winter, we had about 2,400 calves on the ground, so we probably started this season with 11,100 elk, or somewhere around there.”