Trout Creek meeting to discuss wildlife management

Print Article

Sportsmen from western Montana will be holding their second meeting regarding elk, deer, moose and sheep populations in Region One.

The increasing wolf populations have far exceeded recovery objectives and have consequently declined the big game wildlife numbers in this area. These big game wildlife populations are at risk with some areas being completely void of elk! We need to promote and regulate the population of big game wildlife in these areas.

To illustrate this drastic decline, as an example from Idaho, the elk populations in the Lolo region stood at 16,000 elk in 1995 and have plummeted to less than 1,000 in 2016.

Each wolf kills approximately 20 big game animals per year. Wolf populations have continued to grow at 28 percent annually despite trapping and management efforts. Idaho and Wyoming have taken a more aggressive approach in wolf management by making it easier to hunt and trap the wolves.

The objectives of the group are to work with legislators to educate the public on the decreased wildlife populations and to work with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to change regulations in order to be able to harves more wolves with extended trapping seasons and less expensive permits, etc.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lakeside Motel Conference Center in Trout Creek.

Guest speakers and attendees will include Justin Webb from the Foundation for Wildlife Management, a representative from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks biologist Neil Anderson from Region One, State Rep. Bob Brown, and area sportsmen who have witnessed firsthand the declining populations of wildlife in this area.

— Glenn Schenavar

Print Article

Read More Letters to the Editor

Libby needs to return to roots for good paying jobs

March 26, 2019 at 11:36 am | Western News Shopko’s looming closure is but the latest in a long line of business closures/failures in Libby — Stimson lumber, Stinger Welding, Revett Minerals, SK Fingerjoint, LiV Golf Cars, and the list goes o...

Comments

Read More

Notes from Helena for March 25

March 26, 2019 at 11:36 am | Western News WHOOPEE!!! Lincoln County folks made a fantastic impression at the Columbia River Treaty Town Hall in Kalispell March 20. It was huge, and it was good. Jill Smail, lead negotiator from the U.S. Dep...

Comments

Read More

Legislators must address Alzheimer’s epidemic

March 22, 2019 at 5:00 am | Western News On April 2, Montanans will join hundreds of other Alzheimer’s advocates from across the country in our nation’s capital, meeting with Senator Daines, Senator Tester and Congressman Gianforte. The res...

Comments

Read More

SBA salutes women entrepreneurs

March 22, 2019 at 5:00 am | Western News We salute women entrepreneurs during Women’s History Month As we enter the third year of the Trump administration, we’re fortunate to have a President who understands the vital role women entreprene...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 293-4124
311 California Ave.
Libby, MT 59923

©2019 The Western News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X