Fish and wildlife that have disappeared from other parts of the West are still abundant in Montana. But the pressures have never been greater: diseases, invasive species, and pollution threaten our fish and wildlife. MWF works to keep big game abundant, sportfish plentiful, and nongame species from becoming endangered.
PROTECTING WORLD-CLASS BIG GAME
Montana has some of the best populations of deer, elk, pronghorn, and other big game in the West. That’s no accident. MWF works to ensure that big game populations are kept in balance and managed with the best science for the benefit of the public. We fight back when special interests try and manage wildlife according to politics instead of science.
PREVENTING WILDLIFE FROM BECOMING ENDANGERED
Animals that have disappeared in many parts of the West are still abundant in Montana. At the same time, many species are in decline due to habitat loss and other threats. When species reach the brink of extinction, recovery efforts become costly and controversial. By taking action to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered, we can improve the likelihood of success, save taxpayer dollars, and reduce conflict over the Endangered Species Act.
SAGE GROUSE CONSERVATION
In recent years, the sage-grouse was proposed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. A historic conservation effort across 11 Western states is helping reverse the decline and keep the species from becoming endangered. That effort is threatened by politicians who want to hijack the sage-grouse conservation plans and transfer control of public land to states.
Contain the Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Pledge
Now once again we are asking conservationist hunters to get into the fight against CWD. Hunters need to be extra careful in handling game animals to prevent further spread of the disease. That includes leaving the spine and head of animals killed in the special “CWD Management Zones” in Montana onsite or disposing of them in a landfill within the zone. It also means never disposing of any deer, elk or moose carcasses out in the woods. And we’re asking all hunters to report any incidences of animals that appear to be weakened, disoriented or otherwise showing signs of this degenerative brain disease.