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FWP investigating grizzly shooting

(THOMPSON FALLS)- Wardens with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks are looking into the report of a grizzly being killed in an act of self defense near Thompson Falls over the weekend. 

FWP reports the shooting happened Sunday in the Lower Thompson River area in Sanders County. The male grizzly was killed by a person who immediately reported the shooting to authorities. The case remains under investigation. 

Grizzlies are a protected species and shooting one can result in charges, although some exceptions are made in cases of self-defense and safety, depending on the circumstances. 


Alberton Gorge closes to float traffic as derailment cleanup continues

Photo by Jen Johnson via KPAX TV(SUPERIOR)- State officials have closed the popular Alberton Gorge on the Lower Clark Fork River to float traffic to prevent conflicts with cleanup of a train derailment. 

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks had closed that section of the river after 19-cars from a Montana Rail Link train derailed near Superior. The crash sent three cars with Boeing airplane components headed for Seattle into the river, including partial aircraft fuselages. There are concerns about floaters getting in the way of cleanup efforts. 

The derailment is near Fish Creek Road, so the river remains closed, including the FWP access points at St. John's, Cyr Bridge, Triple Bridge, Ralph's Takeout and Tarkio. The river is expected to remain closed until the cleanup is finished. 


High water forcing some fishing access to close 

The Bitterroot is among the rivers starting to flood with the warmer weather(MISSOULA)- High water getting into roads and parking areas is forcing Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to close, or restrict access to several popular fishing access areas on the Blackfoot and Bitterroot rivers. 

Although the rivers are still below their actual flood stages, some water has started to get over the banks and into the boat launches and parking areas. And more flooding is possible later this week as temperatures warm back up. 

FWP announced this afternoon access areas on the Bitterroot with restrictions and closures include Darby Bridge, Woodside Bridge, Bell Crossing, lower portions of the Florence Bridge and the campground portion of Hannon Memorial. 

Because of the safety closure at Woodside, Angler's Roost is the last takeout spot on the upper Bitterroot. Demmons FAS is available for carry-in boats. Blodgett Park, Veteran's Bridge and other sites not managed by FWP may also be closed because of the high water. 

On the Blackfoot, FWP has imposed a partial closure at the Harry Morgan fishing access site. The boat ramp and campground are closed but people can use the upper parking area and still walk down the river. 


Users have until end of May to comment on Bitterroot River closure

(HAMILTON)- Anglers and recreational boaters will have until the end of May to let Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks know what they think of an emergency closure that's shut down several miles of the Bitterroot River.

FWP issued the emergency closure last week, shutting down the river between the Woodside Bridge Fishing Access site and the Tucker West Fishing Access site downstream. 

The "emergency rule" was issued because of safety concerns over the Supply Ditch Diversion Dam, an unmarked dam that's used to pull irrigation water from the river about 3-miles downstream from the Woodside Bridge. FWP managers say the dam has caused "numerous boating accidents" over the years, including the one last year that took the life of a 6-year old Washington girl. 

FWP says the dam crosses the only channel in the river that's floatable through most of the summer and creates dangerous currents that catch floaters unaware. During the early spring and summer, the state says it's difficult to portage around the site. 

While the boat ramps at the two fishing accesses remain open for people to access the Bitterroot on either side of the closed section, signs make it clear the river is off limits. However, after irked boaters posted "free the river" signs this week, FWP is opening up public comments to see what river users think should be done. 

Those options may include modified closures, or finding a way to make the dam site safer. 

FWP will be accepting comments through May 30th. 


Authorities want info on grizzly shooting near Ovando

(OVANDO)- State wildlife agents are hoping to hear from anyone who knows about the death of a grizzly bear that was shot and killed near Ovando earlier this month. 

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks game wardens say the sow grizzly was found on Sunday, November 3rd and they determined the bear had been shot. The bear had three yearling cubs, and FWP was able to trap two of the cubs. They've been transferred to the Bronx Zoo so they can be cared for. At last word, biologists hadn't been able to capture the third cub. The agency says it is possible the lone cub can survive the winter. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call 1-800-TIP-MONT. Callers can remain anonymous and may eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to a conviction.