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Bitterroot River. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Fishing Restrictions Lifted on Bitterroot and Clark Fork Rivers

The Bitterroot River fishing restrictions have been lifted by the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The Bitterroot and the Clark Fork Rivers had both been restricted to fishing only in the mornings for over a month

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The Bitterroot River at sunset. (Fullerton Photo)
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Afternoon Floating in the Bitterroot River is OK – Fishing, Not So Much

The Bitterroot River is low - way low for this time of year, and fishing hours are now limited on all but the East Fork and West Fork.

The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks enacted the 2 p

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UPDATE – West Mullan Fire Over 4,000 Acres – Evacuation Center Opened [AUDIO]

UPDATE - 8:00 a. m. Friday, July 19.

The Mineral County Sheriff's Department has evacuated over 100 homes near the West Mullan Fire. The American Red Cross has opened an emergency evacuation center at the Superior Elementary School. Strong winds have pushed the fire to over 4,000 acres. The fire was discovered last Sunday, and the cause is still under investigation.

 

UPDATE - 2:00 a.m. Thursday, July 18, the following report is from the Inciweb.org, released at about 9:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The West Mullan fire remained active overnight. Crews were able to make additional progress on suppression activities above the residential areas north of West Mullan Road. The suppression line along Pardee Creek on the west side was strengthened with some burnout operations between the line and the fire. Several small spot fires occurred on the south side with upslope spread of the fire. Spotting is also detected on the east flank toward the Flat Creek drainage. These spots are up high on the mountain. Today, firefighters will continue line construction above Pardee Creek to tie in with an existing road. Crews will look for opportunities to construct line and attack the fire directly on East flank. An existing road on the northeast side will be prepared to serve as a contingency line. On the south side of the fire above residences, mopup of hot spots in the burned area will take place. Local fire departments are providing structure protection.

Residences north of Clark Fork River in Superior are under mandatory evacuation. West Mullan and East Mullan Road from Sunflower Lane to Big Eddy and side roads in between, are now under mandatory evacuation. Flat Creek Road is also under this evacuation order.

Pat McKelvey, Fire Information Officer

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has closed a five-mile section of the Clark Fork River near Superior so that water can be safely drawn from the river by helicopters fighting the West Mullan fire.

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(Oregon Fish and Game photo)
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Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Extends Wolf Proposal Comments

Due to a problem with the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website, the comment period on the proposed 2013-2014 wolf season has been extended.

Ken McDonald, FWP Wildlife Division Administrator, noted in a press release that the department's public website was not working from mid-day Sunday, June 23 until mid-day Monday, June 24

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Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
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Free Fishing For All on Father’s Day Weekend [AUDIO]

In honor of fathers and grandfathers everywhere, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks is opening up all state streams, rivers and lakes for free fishing on Father's Day weekend.

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The Bitterroot River at a bridge pier. (KLYQ File Photo)
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Who is On the Bitterroot River and What Do They Like?

Everyone knows that the Bitterroot and Blackfoot Rivers are popular during the summer months - but how popular?

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Park, the University of Montana, the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management are teaming up for a study of river use on the Blackfoot River and the West Fork and main stem of the Bitterroot River

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Reserve Your Memorial Weekend Campsite From Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Online [AUDIO]

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks continues a very popular campsite reservation program, enabling families to have a guaranteed space at many of Montana's state parks.

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Young Montana Wildlife Don’t Need Your Help – Really

"If you care, leave that young animal there," is the spring slogan of Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Part of growing up in the wild for young animals is the ability to be alone for extended times

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Bull elk. (iStock photo)
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Bitterroot Elk Population Making a Rebound

The number of elk in the most recent aerial Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks survey is encouraging.

Mike Thompson of FWP said the count was over 7,300 elk in five hunting districts in and around the Bitterroot Valley, the fourth highest number in survey history

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Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
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A Rainy Start to the 2013 Montana Fishing Season [AUDIO]

Rain soaked many who set out to start the 2013 Montana fishing season, but that did not deter thousands of men, women and children who set out to fish the state's lakes, rivers and streams.

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