Wildlife Commission To Meet July 10

Montana’s Fish & Wildlife Commission will meet in Helena July 10 with a full agenda including elk quota adjustment options and HB 454 concerning a hunting access agreement in the Snowy Mountains.

The meeting will be at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave., next to Spring Meadow Lake State Park off Highway 12 west.

The meeting is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. Commissioners will make final decisions on:

  • a water right acquisition on Nevada Spring Creek near Helmville;
  • a Marias River Wildlife Management Area road access settlement near Shelby;
  • a land acquisition on Big Lake near Rapelje;
  • a work plan for nongame conservation funded by income tax check-off contributions;
  • a HB 454 hunting access agreement in the Snowy Mountains;
  • elk hunting quota adjustments;
  • upland game bird hunting harvest quotas and limits; and
  • wolf hunting and trapping seasons, quotas and management unit boundaries.

The commission will also consider a rule proposal for the salvage of vehicle-killed wildlife; an endorsement of several potential public land access projects; and hear public comment on furbearer trapping quotas and on trap-setback proposals.

At the meeting, Gary J. Wolfe of Missoula, who was recently appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock to serve a four-year term as western Montana’s District 1 commissioner, will be introduced. Wolfe is the executive director and CEO of the Vital Ground Foundation and previously served as president and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, once managed a guest ranch, and has a Ph.D. in wildlife biology.

As of July 1, the Fish & Wildlife Commission began to refer all State Parks items to the soon to be established Parks Board.

FWP ensures its meetings are fully accessible to those with special needs. To request arrangements call FWP at 406-444-3186.

The full agenda and additional information on the scheduled topics may be found on the FWP website at fwp.mt.gov, under “For Commission Information.”