FWP Considers Fencing, Extending Elk Kill Season - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

FWP Considers Fencing, Extending Elk Kill Season

Posted: Updated:

Cattle ranchers in Paradise Valley are proposing several changes to cut down on the amount of elk livestock interactions.

A two-part proposal designed to keep elk away from cattle in Paradise Valley is raising some concerns.

A local working group of Paradise Valley producers is asking FWP to extend elk kill season, different from hunting season this allows landowners to kill a small number of elk to encourage the herd to move to another location.

The ultimate goal is to avoid co-mingling and the spread of brucellosis to cattle.
Those permits used to only be allowed through April 30 and now would be open until May 15.

"That's a real critical time for livestock producers. We've got cows and calves out in different pastures," said Druska Kinkie, Paradise Valley rancher. "If you can get those elk to stay away then for the most part they will stay away for the rest of May."

The second part of the proposal is asking FWP to approve building larger fences to keep elk from migrating into the valley.

"What we're trying to do is move from small-scale fencing to a somewhat larger fencing area," said Kinkie.

The group is asking to add these changes into FWP's 2014 working plan, that is already in place.

"The goal would be to stop the elk in that critical time period from going through those cattle every single day," said Druska.

But, FWP commissioners have some concerns about the groups' proposal.

"The funding would not request what parcels are slated for fencing, but how also that project would maintain permeability for elk to move across that landscape," said Quentin Kujala, FWP.

Kinkie said the goal of the proposal is to put the elk back where they belong and to convince the elk they don't want to be there.

"Our goal is always push those elk back to their winter range that is acceptable and to discourage any year-round elk," said Kinkie.

FWP is accepting public comment now until March 21. Approval of the proposal will go before the FWP commissioners on April 10.

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • LOOK: Photos Of 'Blood Moon' During Total Lunar Eclipse

    LOOK: Photos Of 'Blood Moon' During Total Lunar Eclipse

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 7:59 PM EDT2014-04-15 23:59:30 GMT
    KHQ.COM - It was a sight to behold! The blood moon lit up the heavens last night. If you slept thru it, no need to worry! We recorded the whole thing for you and many of our Facebook friends and viewers have shared the photos that they captured of the total lunar eclipse last night!
    KHQ.COM - It was a sight to behold! The blood moon lit up the heavens last night. If you slept thru it, no need to worry! We recorded the whole thing for you and many of our Facebook friends and viewers have shared the photos that they captured of the total lunar eclipse last night!
  • Griz Lax Gaining Popularity

    Griz Lax Gaining Popularity

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:41 AM EDT2014-04-17 04:41:14 GMT
    The Montana Lacrosse team is preparing for their last three games of the regular season.  They're currently 6-6 and with all three games at home in Washington Grizzly Stadium, they're hoping the playoffs
    The Montana Lacrosse team is preparing for their last three games of the regular season.  They're currently 6-6 and with all three games at home in Washington Grizzly Stadium, they're hoping the playoffs are on the horizon.
  • Frontage Road Crash Victim Identified

    Frontage Road Crash Victim Identified

    Thursday, April 17 2014 1:37 PM EDT2014-04-17 17:37:02 GMT
    The Gallatin County coroner says 30-year-old Kari Friedman from Bozeman died in a crash at the intersection of Frontage and Valley Center Roads Wednesday. The Montana Highway Patrol said Friedman was turning
    The Gallatin County coroner says 30-year-old Kari Friedman from Bozeman died in a crash at the intersection of Frontage and Valley Center Roads Wednesday.
  • Wyoming Man Threatens Belgrade Police Officer

    Wyoming Man Threatens Belgrade Police Officer

    Friday, April 18 2014 12:47 AM EDT2014-04-18 04:47:25 GMT
    A Wyoming man is behind bars tonight after threatening to kill Belgrade police officers at a bar Wednesday night. Larry Ward Hill, 65, from Sheridan, Wyoming faces charges of intimidation, a felony and
    A Wyoming man is behind bars tonight after threatening to kill Belgrade police officers at a bar Wednesday night.
  • SLIDESHOW: Look At All The Cute Kitties!

    SLIDESHOW: Look At All The Cute Kitties!

    Wednesday, August 28 2013 11:58 AM EDT2013-08-28 15:58:42 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Thank you to everyone who sent us pictures of their kittens! Enjoy the photos!
    KHQ.COM - Thank you to everyone who sent us pictures of their kittens! Enjoy the photos!
  • USA Brass Reopens, Investigation Continues

    USA Brass Reopens, Investigation Continues

    Friday, March 28 2014 11:36 PM EDT2014-03-29 03:36:50 GMT
    USA Brass reopened Friday after it was shut down Thursday during a federal investigation into environmental concerns. Today employees spent the day re-organizing the facility after the Environmental Protection
    USA Brass reopened Friday after it was shut down Thursday during a federal investigation into environmental concerns.
  • Former Griz Football Player Battles Cancer

    Former Griz Football Player Battles Cancer

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-04-08 23:00:04 GMT
    A former Griz football player prepares to take on different kind of physical challenge, after learning he has cancer. Former linebacker Cole Lockwood got his diagnosis just last week and is now recovering
    A former Griz football player prepares to take on different kind of physical challenge, after learning he has cancer.
  • ABC ALL-STAR: Hellgate's Chris Herrick

    ABC ALL-STAR: Hellgate's Chris Herrick

    Thursday, April 17 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-04-18 00:03:19 GMT
    For his senior project, Hellgate's Chris Herrick wanted to give back, and bring awareness to the youth homes InnerRoads program, which works with disadvantaged and troubled youth, by bringing them outdoors."They
    For his senior project, Hellgate's Chris Herrick enlisted the help of Missoula Olympic Cyclist Sam Schultz to spread the word about the InnerRoads program
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.