USFWS drops appeal on basis for wolverine listing decision
U.S. Fish and Wildlife attorneys withdrew their appeal of a May Missoula federal court ruling that the agency must use its 2013 wolverine assessment while deciding whether to list the species. The agency has until November 2023 to reach its conclusion, according to the Missoula ruling.
Legislators debate wolf, block management bills
With only four months until the start of the Legislative session, people are already developing ideas for the next round of wildlife bills, although some caution against more wolf-killing bills.
New owners propose expansion of Holland Lake Lodge
The plan is to preserve the lodge, the owner’s cabin and the barn and winterize the buildings so the facility can operate year-round. The old gift shop and cabins would be removed.
Montana coalition seeks candidates’ pledge on hunting, conservation
Legislators might have jostled a sleeping giant in 2021 by messing with Montana’s hunting and fishing laws. Hunters and anglers may have been too sluggish to react then, but now, they’re demanding accountability at the ballot box.
FWP disbands special unit that investigated wildlife crimes
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is making changes to its law enforcement division, including disbanding a team of detectives responsible for investigating large-scale wildlife crimes and license fraud.
Scientists propose ambitious West-wide rewilding plan involving wolves, beaver
Twenty wildlife and public lands professionals are proposing a plan to “rewild” public lands in the West to preserve threatened fish and wildlife and help people survive in the face of worsening climate change. But even the professionals admit the plan is controversial.
BLM proposes restrictions for Blackfoot River, Garnet Ghost Town
For the area around Garnet Ghost Town, the rules would prohibit metal detectors, camping and campfires, smoking or shooting, and all pets must be on a leash.
Natural Heritage programs, database drives species conservation
Its flower may be minute, but the Howellia is a poster child for a huge but relatively unknown national scientific network that that helps find, protect and recover endangered species.
Warming rivers prompt fishing restrictions
As rivers warm up, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has restricted fishing to the morning hours on several rivers to go easy on trout.
Problems with gravel pit leniency attracts legislative attention
The Environmental Quality Council dedicated almost two hours last week to a review of gravel pits and the new law that applies to all gravel pits proposed since May 2021.