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Trapping Advisory Committee meets today, Friday

The Montana Trapping Advisory Committee will hold its fourth and final meeting Thursday, Jan. 31, and Friday, Feb. 1, in Great Falls at the Fish, Wildlife & Parks headquarters, 4800 Giant Spring Road. The meeting runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 31, and from 8 a.m. to mid-afternoon on Feb. 1.

FWP assembled this citizens’ committee to provide recommendations that ensure population viability of trapped species, the humane treatment of animals and the minimization of social conflict. The committee represents the spectrum of opinions on trapping.

The committee’s charge is to present recommendations to FWP by March 30. FWP staff are not members of the committee but will provide information and technical assistance.

The meeting is open to the public. The committee will hear public comment at noon on both days.

T-shirt making event at Montana Wild

Join us from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave., for an after school event.

Gyotaku fish T-shirts. Bring your own blank T-shirt to Montana Wild where instructors will help you use a replica of a fish to create a cool piece of fish art that you can wear. Children need to be accompanied by an adult and pre-registration is required. Call 406-444-9944.

Exploring the edge of Alaska

Charlotte Henson, NPS interpretive park ranger is back in Helena to share her latest national park presentation: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. Join us at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Ave. As the largest national park in the United States, it is unknown to many people. Charlotte will recount her personal experiences in this amazing part of Alaska.

The event is free and open to the public.

FWP, Inspired Classroom seek students' input

Each year, Montana Wild staff and volunteers teach about outdoor recreation, Montana fish and wildlife, improving and protecting habitat, and reducing human/wildlife conflict to more than 5,000 students from 100 schools from across the state, and hundreds more adults and families through community and outreach programs.

Montana Wild wants to reach more Montanans, which is why we it is piloting the Grizzly Bear Distance Learning Program for middle and high school students with Inspired Classroom -- inspiredclassrooms.com -- this winter/spring. The program involves asking Montana students to come to the table and share their ideas about managing this magnificent but complex, and, at times, controversial predator through participation in the FWP Grizzly Bear IC Challenge.

The FWP Grizzly Bear IC Challenge is free to classrooms across the state. Schools interested in participating can contact Inspired Classroom at 406-531-6505, alli@inspiredclassroom.com or kathleen@inspiredclassroom.com.

For more information on the Grizzly Bear Distance Program contact Laurie Wolf, FWP MT WILD Education Program Manager, 406-444-9945 or Lwolf@mt.gov. For more information about MT WILD, visit http://fwp.mt.gov/education/montanaWild/.

Women’s ice fishing workshop set for Billings

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks' Becoming an Outdoors Woman program is sponsoring an ice fishing workshop on Feb. 8-9 in Billings.

The workshop starts with an indoor class at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at FWP’s Region 5 headquarters at Lake Elmo in Billings Heights. Participants will fish on the ice starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Lake Elmo.

Participants do not need a fishing license. The class fee is $15 and all ice fishing equipment and supplies will be provided. Participants must be at least 18 years old.

This class is for beginning or intermediate female anglers who want to learn the basics or improve their ice fishing skills. 

Registration forms are available online at fwp.mt.gov and following links to Education, Becoming an Outdoors Woman, and BOW Workshops. For more information, call Sara Smith at 406-444-5280 or email SarSmith@mt.gov.

Male mountain lion hunting to reopen

The hunting of male mountain lions in northcentral Montana hunting districts 410, 417, 419 and 426, which includes portions of Fergus, Petroleum and Judith Basin counties will re-open to the hunting of male mountain lions immediately. The harvested lion was incorrectly reported in the wrong district by the hunter. These districts will remain open until the pre-established harvest sub-quotas for the districts combined are met.

For more information, visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov., choose “Hunting,” then “Drawing & Quota Status”, or call the toll-free number at 1-800-385-7826.

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