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Montana FWPC to Meet in Helena Oct. 11

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Montana FWPC to Meet in Helena Oct. 11
Montana's Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission will meet Oct. 11 in Helena to adopt 2013 fishing regulation changes and approve adjustments to elk plan objectives in some western Montana hunting districts.

The meeting, set to begin at 8:30 a.m., will be held at FWP's Helena headquarters, 1420 E. Sixth Ave.

Commissioners also will consider Smith River and Montana State Parks rule proposals; and receive an update on a draft statewide fisheries management plan. As part of the Elk-Brucellosis Working Group's efforts, FWP also will update the commission on the status of brucellosis, a bacterial disease that can result in miscarriages in some pregnant animals, including domestic cattle, and bison and elk. Related to the upcoming wolf trapping season, FWP also will seek commission approval on an additional trap equipment requirement.

On land matters, commissioners will be asked to approve an acquisition of about 1,100 acres on the east side of Big Lake Wildlife Management Area, northwest of Billings; and the "Kootenai Valleys Conservation Easement Project," which seeks to conserve 28,000 acres of northwestern Montana timberland and associated fish and wildlife habitats near Troy. FWP's proposal to complete a mineral rights purchase on Spotted Dog WMA northeast of Deer Lodge also will be considered for final approval.

For the full agenda and additional information, visit FWP's website at Click "For Commission Information."

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