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As Montanans look to enjoy the great outdoors this spring and summer, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and local public health officials urge everyone to follow a few simple steps to prevent tick bites and their illnesses:  Limit, repel, and inspect.

State public health officials receive an average of eight tick-borne illness reports every year, the most common being Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tularemia, and Colorado Tick Fever.

“The best defense against tick-borne illnesses is by spraying your legs, ankles, pants, socks, and shoes with insect repellent,” said DPHHS epidemiologist Christine Mulgrew.

Public Health experts emphasize a 3-step approach to prevent tick bites:

Montana laws prohibit the capture, feeding, possession and harassment of wildlife—both game and nongame species—necessary in part to curb the urge to "help" newborn wildlife.

Wildlife biologists see too often cases of newborn wildlife being removed from the wild by people who fear the animal has been abandoned by its parent—when the adult is actually nearby.

"Please remind friends and family to leave young wildlife untouched this spring," said Ron Aasheim, FWP spokesman. "If you care, leave them there. It is the best way to ensure that young wildlife is raised as nature intended—in the wild."

Montana's SuperTag chances for the hunt of a lifetime are on sale.

Hunters can win the SuperTag drawing by purchasing one or more $5 SuperTag chances for the fall 2016 hunting season.

Eight SuperTag hunt licenses are offered—moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, elk, deer, antelope, mountain lion and bison. Winners may hunt any district open to the species for which they won a tag.

Montana may be a land-locked state, but the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is present here, patrolling the state's large bodies of water, towing boats and saving lives. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary work together to promote safe boating in the state.

"Montana's auxiliary Coast Guard members are part of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary District thirteen serving Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana," said Gary Herseim, Commander of District 13-10 for the Coast Guard Auxiliary.  

The Coast Guard Auxiliary was set up in 1939 as a group of volunteer lifesavers who support the active duty Coast Guard.

As the trees start budding and the birds start nesting, Montana’s largest predators are waking up from their long winter’s naps.

This is the time of year grizzly and black bears across Montana begin their annual emergence from their winter lairs and begin foraging for the long-awaited spring food.

Around Yellowstone National Park, where the spring weather has been a bit milder, grizzly bears began emerging from their dens a couple of weeks ago.

This is the same with many grizzlies on the east slope of the Rockies, said Lori Roberts, Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem bear trend project coordinator with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

1ST ANNUAL LEWISTOWN ROUND ROBIN TOURNAMENT  2016

Coaches/AD’s,

Here is the final schedule for our Round Robin.  Moving around a few due to accommodate travel.  I did the best I could to get the amount of games each team wanted and hopefully the opponents upon request.  A couple northern teams like Cut Bank and Shelby had to drop out due to music festivals, which would have made scheduling a little easier.  Take a look at this and let me know if there are any problems.  There will be a lot of ball played, so cross your fingers for good weather!

The April 12th track meet will be held at Golden Eagle Stadium, starting at 3:00 PM-Coaches mtg. @ 2:30 pm-finish line stand.

Minimums for field events will be set at coaches meeting.

Montana FWP is asking anglers and those interested in accessing fish information for their assistance in improving a replacement to the existing Fishing Guide andMFISH web query applications on the FWP website.

The current Fishing Guide and MFISH applications are the primary means FWP uses to disseminate fish and angling data for waterbodies, accounting for more than 230,000 unique page visits per year. New technology and new methods for storing fish survey and inventory data have allowed fisheries staff to enter and store more information on fish populations than was previously available and in a much more timely fashion.