A pilot quarantine project in Montana over the last decade proved effective at culling out bison that tested positive for brucellosis. But that has not quashed resistance from agricultural groups wary of free-ranging herds competing with cattle for...
The $20 stamps would be considered donations by non-hunters to help fund management of the animals.
Montana law prohibits harassment of hunters, punishable by a fine of up to $500 and 30 days in prison. But tracking hunters and their activities is not illegal as long as nothing is done to disrupt the hunt, said a warden captain with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
The 251 fires so far this year is close to the five-year average, but the 20 square miles of land burned is just 12 percent of the five-year average.
The report’s recommendations for federal land management include reducing wildfire fuels, maintaining or increasing access for multiple uses, and increasing economic production associated with natural resources.
The restrictions, similar to rules in Wyoming, are meant to prevent disturbances and increase breeding success for the chicken-sized birds, known for an elaborate mating ritual in which males strut around and puff out their breasts in a colorful display.
Tuesday’s order establishes no-occupancy zones to protect the birds that extend six-tenths of a mile around active sage grouse breeding grounds.
Fundraising began in February for the $3 million Agriculture Advancement Center, which is to house agriculture and equine studies programs. It will include an indoor arena, three classrooms and seating for 500 people.
North-central Montana farmers, particularly those in the area known as the Fairfield Bench, the self-proclaimed malt barley capital of the world, received several inches of rain at the wrong time, causing the malt barley to germinate.
A state takeover of U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands could be expensive, incurring an annual deficit of $367 million.