At the MFWP lab, fish were weighed (1.0 g), length was measured (1.0 mm), and examined for external lesions.
This would be supported by recent population estimates for Rainbow Trout in this section of river, which have been relatively high and growing in recent years (Grant Grisak, MFWP, pers.
The MFWP is also exploring the utility of cheaper monitoring methods including hunter sighting surveys at voluntary hunter check stations, and post-season phone surveys used to measure deer and elk harvests.
In 2010, we used structured interviews of 20 MFWP and cooperating agency biologists to assess the state of knowledge regarding moose population status, management, and factors of concern within Montana (Appendix A).
The goals and objectives behind moose hunter harvest quotas vary somewhat across MFWP regional jurisdictions.
While the sample size of animals harvested is lower than that regulated by MFWP, these harvest data provide additional opportunity for indexing population trend and are without confounding changes in permit number and type.
Ramsey, MFWP, unpublished data) and 49% prevalence (n = 165) was detected in Wyoming (Henningsen et al.
Accordingly, during fiscal year 2012-2013 the MFWP began directing moose permit auction funds toward a new research program to address these research needs.
Williams provided valuable insights on regional histories and priorities for moose management and facilitated communication with MFWP area biologists V.
"Our allocation would have been very small, something like one or two tags," said John Vore, MFWP
Game Management bureau chief "We are in the process of working on the delisting of the Northern Continental Divide grizzly bear population, and we didn't think it would have been the best use of our resources at this time.
So far, MFWP has more questions than answers, including a critical one: How will the cash-strapped agency pay for CWD monitoring efforts?
"We were fortunate to receive a grant last year through Pittman-Robertson funding for $1 million over the next five years, but that is a very small amount and unlikely enough to do what we feel is necessary", says John Vore, MFWP game managment bureau chief.