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Drive Safely! Watch for wildlife on Idaho's highways

December 20, 2013 - 11:52am -- idfg-bstuder

As you're travelling around the state in this winter season, don't forget to pay attention to wildlife on Idaho's highways and roads.

There has apparently been a noticeable increase in elk collisions in Blaine County. Read more here: http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php?ID=2007149863#.UrSPbRxDt8E

 

Here's some advice we pulled from our files if you're travelling. Take a minute to review it.

 

Motorists:  Slow Down and Watch For Wintering Wildlife

elk on the road

With deer and elk wintering along many of Idaho’s roads, Idaho Fish and Game encourages motorists to slow down and be on the lookout, especially during the dawn and dusk hours when wildlife is most active.

Motorists should also:   

  • Always wear your seat belt – it’s the law. 
  • Don't swerve or lose control of your vehicle.  Try to brake as much as possible and stay on the roadway. You risk less injury by hitting the animal.  
  • If you see one animal cross the road, look for a second or third to follow.
  • If you spot an animal ahead, slow down immediately and honk your horn.
  • Pay attention to Wildlife Crossing caution signs. They are there for a good reason. 

Updated Idaho Wildlife Management Area App and Maps

December 12, 2013 - 12:43pm -- idfg-pbond

Looking for a great place to fish, hunt, or watch wildlife? Check out one of Idaho's 32 Wildlife Management Areas (WMA).   Each WMA has been set aside to protect wildlife habitat and provide the public access for fish and wildlife related recreation. Maps specific to each WMA have been revised and are available on the IDFG WMA webpage http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/wildlife/wma/.  Here you will also find information on how to get to the WMA and what kind of wildlife viewing, hunting, fishing and other activities are unique to each WMA. 

 

Also, check out the new WMA viewer app http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/maps/wma/.  This map application allows you to interactively discover WMAs near you and explore the land within each WMA. It also provides all of the same information as the IDFG WMA webpage, just click on one of the WMAs on the map and an information box will appear.

 

October 2013 Panhandle Fish Update from Jim Fredericks

September 27, 2013 - 12:00am -- idfg-lfrench
Spawned kokanee covered with bees

Greetings Anglers:

I wanted to take a few minutes to send out an update on some of the fishery issues throughout the region as summer wraps up.  For those who don’t shift their focus to things with fur and feathers over the next couple of months, the fishing in area lakes and streams will be some of the best the year has to offer.  I hope you have a chance to get out and enjoy it.  There’ve been a few notable events and frequently asked questions that I thought I’d touch on. 

Hayden Lake

One of the most frequent questions we’ve heard over the past month is “since when are there sockeye in Hayden Lake?”  Being on this distribution list you probably already know that those “sockeye” are actually kokanee.  We stocked kokanee in Hayden Lake in 2011 with the sole intent of trying to bolster the open water fishery, and boy has it worked well so far.  As 2-year-old fish, the kokanee grew to 16-18 inches and created a popular fishery.  Now that they’ve reached maturity, their bright red bodies, green heads, and humped backs have people mistaking them for their saltwater cousins.  Spawning kokanee have been spotted around the lake, and we counted a couple hundred fish up Hayden Creek (including the one in the photo).  For the most part, while interesting and fun to see, the spawning activity won’t likely have much of an impact on the population.  September spawning kokanee generally need cold running tributaries to reproduce successfully.  Though they may try to spawn along the lake shore, the relatively warm lake water temperatures cause embryos to hatch out prematurely.  Successful lakeshore spawning is associated with a November/December strain of kokanee.  Those fish spawning in Hayden Creek will likely fare better, but accessibility and low flows in late summer seem to limit the number of fish that are able to make their way into Hayden Creek.   In the big scheme of things, it’s doubtful that there will be significant natural reproduction.  That’s not a bad thing, however.  The intent all along has been to manage numbers primarily by fingerling stocking.   We stocked another 100,000 fingerling kokanee in 2012, and this year increased the number to 150,000.  Anglers should continue to enjoy some good kokanee fishing in Hayden in the future. 

Pend Oreille

The 2013 Elk Plan Live Chat - Draft Plan Questions and Answers

August 20, 2013 - 2:06pm -- idfg-melmer
Bugling elk

 

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved the release of a draft elk plan for public comment at their August meeting.  Biologists are conducting an online chat in regard to the draft elk plan on August 29, 2013 from 6 - 8 pm MDT.

We look forward to taking your comments and addressing your questions.

 

 

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