Spotted Dog WMA closeup

Although the Spotted Dog Wildlife Management Area north of Deer Lodge was purchased primarily because it is an elk wintering range, there are approximately 300 non-game and bird species that also make their home there.

The Montana Standard, file photo

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and citizens on the Spotted Dog Work Group have collaborated to produce a draft management plan for Spotted Dog Wildlife Management Area in Powell County.

When finalized, the plan will guide FWP’s management of habitat and public access on the property.

 The draft management plan is available for public review through Friday, Dec. 8, on FWP’s website at fwp.mt.gov (“news” then “recent public notices”) along with opportunity to submit comments online. To request a printed copy, call Sharon Rose in FWP’s Region 2 office at 406-542-5540.

 FWP and the Spotted Dog Work Group will host a public meeting to provide information, answer questions and take comment about the draft management plan on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m., at the Elks Lodge, 230 Main Street, Deer Lodge.

 The public is invited to send written comments to FWP Region 2, Attn: Sharon Rose, 3201 Spurgin Road, Missoula 59804, or email at shrose@mt.gov. Comments will be accepted through December 8, 2017. Questions may also be directed to Sharon for referral to wildlife staff.

 After the close of the public comment period, FWP and the Spotted Dog Work Group will review and discuss the public’s input on the draft plan and will proceed with making improvements and finalizing the management plan in early 2018.

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