FWP’s Montana Outdoors magazine has an article that begins… We know that summer has truly arrived in Montana when “STOP: Watercraft Inspection Ahead” signs spring up along motorways across the state. These inspection stations, operating since 2004, have proliferated over the past few years. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and other agencies have increased efforts to… Read More »
Starting on August 3, Glacier National Park will begin scheduling motorized watercraft inspections and sealing for those boaters wishing to launch on Lake McDonald after a 30-day quarantine period. The quarantine process is designed to prevent invasive zebra and quagga mussels and other invasive species from entering park waters on motorboats. Glacier National Park sits… Read More »
KPAX.com reports that fire crews aren’t just worried about protecting homes and property across Montana. The spread of invasive aquatic mussels also weighs heavy on their minds because the mussels can latch onto firefighting equipment from other areas of the country and hitch a ride to the Treasure State. Read the full story here.
With summer more than half over, more than 23,000 watercraft have been inspected at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks aquatic invasive species inspection stations around the state. “This hot and dry weather has a lot of people looking to cool off in Montana’s lakes and rivers,” said FWP’s AIS bureau chief Thomas Woolf. “Get out… Read More »
Glacier National Park is implementing a third phase in its aquatic invasive species emergency response, following the detection of invasive mussels in the State of Montana within 100 miles of the park’s eastern border last fall. The first phase of the response was to immediately close all park waters to all hand-propelled and motorized boat… Read More »
Across the state, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks watercraft inspection station staff are checking hundreds of vessels each day. These vessels come from all over the state, with many coming from out of state looking to enjoy some of the great boating Montana has to offer. The discovery of mussel larvae in water samples from… Read More »
As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, Montana anglers are reminded that they need to purchase a new Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Pass. The AIS Prevention Pass is required for all anglers, in addition to a fishing license. The cost is $2 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. This is not a license fee increase,… Read More »