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Pool A Scores:

Park vs. Fergus   7-20   8-20Billings Cent. Vs. Browning   20-14   20-17

 

Sidney vs. Dawson Co.  19-20   20-13Browning vs. Park   19-20   14-20

(GLASGOW, Mont.) – West Nile Virus is a pestilence that has spread from Equatorial Africa to the far reaches of Montana.

The Bureau of Land Management Glasgow Field Office is in the second year of a West Nile Virus surveillance partnership with Montana State University. 

The effort to stand watch against West Nile Virus is centered in the newly designated Sagebrush Focal Area, partially located in southern Valley County. Positive test results for West Nile Virus have proven this year’s monitoring efforts to be fruitful. According to Montana State University Professor of Veterinary Entomology Gregory Johnson, West Nile Virus surfaced in Lake, Phillips, Prairie and Valley Counties in 2016.

Lewistown Volleyball Tournament Sept. 3

A star-studded coalition of scientists, authors, movie stars and conservationists has launched a media campaign and petition to convince President Barack Obama to take executive action, overruling an agency proposal to take the Yellowstone grizzly bear off the Endangered Species list.

Esteemed scientists Jane Goodall, George B. Schaller, Michael Soulé, and Edward O. Wilson joined with actors Jeff Bridges, Harrison Ford and Michael Keaton, authors Carl Hiaasen, Scott Momaday, Terry Tempest Williams, Douglas Brinkley, Thomas McGuane and Doug Peacock, along with businessmen Yvon Chouinard and Ted Turner, and former Yellowstone park superintendent Michael Finley, sending a plea to the president following an announcement by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service last spring of its intention to remove federal protections of the bear.

Upland bird hunting begins Sept. 1 and hunters along the Rocky Mountain Front, especially in riparian areas, need to be aware they are in bear country.

In recent years, grizzlies have wandered out onto the prairie away from the Front, following streams and river bottoms.

There are still a few days left in the first part of the antlerless elk shoulder season that runs Aug. 15 to Sept. 2.

And while the temperature has cooled off a bit, it hasn’t exactly plummeted to below zero. That means continuing to think about how to deal with a downed big animal in late summer heat.

State wildlife officials are asking residents and recreationists of the Sweet Grass Hills to be bear aware after the sighting of a couple of grizzly bears recently.

“We believe there are at least two bears in the Hills,” said Mike Madel, bear management specialist with Fish, Wildlife and Parks, adding the bears were involved in the killing of several sheep.

The Sweet Grass Hills are on the Canadian border north of Chester. The bears were sighted between West Butte and Middle Butte, sometimes called Gold Butte.

Hunters may purchase a license at all FWP offices, FWP license providers, or online at fwp.mt.gov, under Online Services until Aug. 31. After that date there is a 24-hour wait on the use of bear hunting licenses.

Black bear hunters must have successfully completed the Black Bear Identification Test and must present a certificate of completion when purchasing a black bear license. The training and test are available on FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov under "Quick Links" choose Education. A paper version of the test may be obtained at FWP offices.

Bear meat, or the meat from any other big game animal, cannot be wasted, or allowed in any way to become unfit for human consumption, unless it is infected with trichinella.

Bear meat can be tested for trichinella, a parasitic disease found in less than 15 percent of Montana's black bears. FWP does not offer trichinella testing. For further information call the FWP lab at 406-994-6357.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds hunters that the black bear archery season is Sept. 3-14. The general fall black bear hunting season opens Sept. 15 and ends Nov. 27. Hunters should check the regulations carefully for exceptions. Hunters may purchase only one black bear license per year.

With Montana's upland game bird season opening Sept.1—and the bow hunting season set to open Sept. 3—remember that slow moving, quiet and camouflaged hunters will soon be sharing the landscape with the state's even stealthier bears that may be stalking similar prey.

It may not be an encounter one hopes for, but all hunters must be aware there is that potential.

Grizzly bears are found throughout western and central Montana, from the Sweet Grass Hills to the Elkhorn Mountains, not just the Rocky Mountain Front, Bob Marshall Wilderness complex and the Yellowstone ecosystem. Hunters and recreationists should be prepared to encounter grizzly bears when they’re out hunting:

Montana's archery-only hunting season for deer, elk, antelope, wolf, mountain lion and black bear begins Sept. 3. The bighorn sheep archery season also begins Sept. 3.

A $10 bow and arrow license, plus the proper hunting license, is required during the deer, elk, antelope, black bear, wolf, mountain lion and bighorn sheep archery only season or to hunt in areas limited to only archery equipment. Depending on the species and hunting district, some licenses were available only by special drawing.

As summer begins to wind down, hunting season in Montana is about to heat up.

Taking to the woods with rifle or bow in hand is a hallowed tradition in our state. Secret spots are held sacred -- passed down from father or mother to daughter or son only in whispers or, better yet, the experience of a long day afield.

And while we can’t give you any insight into a new secret spot, we can give you a good idea of what animal populations are like across the state, recognizing of course the value of a day spent hunting Montana’s most majestic wildlife is never directed by population estimates alone.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Lewistown office will have extended hours through the hunting season, including the elk shoulder season.

Through Jan. 15, 2017, the Lewistown office is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Racers at the Lewistown drag strip are enjoying a busy summer.

Last weekend’s activities entailed everything racers enjoy. Another three-day event is planned later this month.   According to spokeswoman Nicole McGimpsey: