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H SIDNEY HERALD. SUNDAYVSEPTEMBER l5. 20|9 AI3 STATE NEWS Montana Department of Transportation hosting open about dead pelicans hOuses in Circle and Jordan to attend anytime between 4 and 6 pm. The infor- mation presented at both meetings will be the same. In addition to the open houses, MDT will be avail- able at the Circle Town & Country Appreciation Day lunch. The lunch will be served from 11 am. — 1 pm. at the McCone County Credit Union on Saturday, Sept. 21. Sarah Knobel, communication manager for the project, will be there to answer questions from Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) an- nounces that reconstruc- tion of nearly 37 miles of Highway 200 from Jordan to Brockway is kicking off. The project will be complet- ed in 6-9 mile long sections over several years. Con- struction on the first sec— tion of the project is sched- reconstruction. uled to begin in 2021. Circle open house will “This stretch of Montana take place on Wednesday, Highway 200 is long over— due for major reconstruc- tion and we are excited to bring a more modern road- way to everyone traveling this route,” says Shane Mintz, MDT district ad- ministrator. “Our crews and contractors will be working towards a safer and more efficient road for residents, visitors and com- mercial vehicles to use.” Circle High School. Jordan open house will take place on Thursday, Sept. 19,‘ from 4- 6 pm. at Jordan Elementary School. No formal presentations will be held, as the open houses are an opportunity to meet the project team, ask any questions you might have, and see project maps. All are encouraged To share project maps and details with the pub- lic, open houses will be held in Circle and in Jor- dan. In addition to project information, MDT will be providing information about wildlife-friendly fencing as a possible com— ponent of the Highway 200 Sept. 18, from 4-6 pm. at the public. hwy200jordan. For additional informa- tion about the Highway 200 reconstruction proj- ect or outreach events, please contact Sarah Kno- bel at sarah@bigskypub- or visit Reward offered for information BILLINGS — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is offering a reward of as much as $1,000 for information leading to the con- viction of people who have shot and killed pelicans - possibly dozens of them — along the Big- horn River below Yellowtail Dam. Montana. same area. It is illegal to shoot pelicans which also are a federally protected migratory bird — in FWP game wardens have seen or retrieved nearly a dozen dead pelicans in the world-class blue-ribbon trout water between the dam and Two Leggins Fish- ing Access Site. They believe dozens more may have been shot and killed this summer in the Anyone with information about the illegal killing is asked to call 1-800-TIP-MONT, FWP’s poaching 24-hour poaching ho- tline, or game warden Jake Barzen at 406-860-7796. The 1-800-TIP-MONT program is a toll-free number where peo- ple can report violations of fish, wildlife or park regulations. Callers may remain anonymous. It is similar to the well-known Crimestoppers program and of- fers rewards for information re- sulting in conviction of persons who abuse Montana’s natural, historic or cultural resources. When deterring a bear, shotgun ammo is an ineffective solution with unnecessary lethal Outcomes Tips for avoiding encounters with bears on private property On July 15, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks received a report of an in- jured black bear dragging its lower body in the foot- hills of Kila. The follow- ing morning, the bear was euthanized because of its injuries. Veterinarians at Cen- tral Valley Animal Hos— pital X-rayed the animal and discovered it was shot with birdshot and likely a pistol. The trash contents in the bear’s stomach in- dicated that it had visited a residential garbage Can. The birdshot pelletsbroke several vertebrae in front of the bear’s pelvis and in- flicted extensive damage to the soft tissue surrounding the area. According to the veterinarian, the sciatic nerve was likely disturbed, leaving the bear partially paralyzed. It is a common miscon— ception that shotgun am- munition is a good way to chase away a bear. In real- ity, target or bird-hunting I ., r...» shot is an ineffective solu- tion that often leads to un- necessary outcomes. Bears have relatively thin skin and shotgun ammunition can be extremely harmful and even lethal. Also, this class of ammunition is most commonly made of lead pellets, which can be poi- sonous to the bear as well as any scavenger that con- sumes it after death. It is illegal to harm, ha- rass or kill grizzly bears, which are federally protect- ed as a threatened species. It is also illegal to feed wild- life such as bears. “Some people are under the false impression that ‘peppering’ a bear with a shotgun is a safe way to discourage a troublesome bear,” said Dr. Dennis Dug- ger of Central Valley Ani- mal Hospital. “The shot is actually very harmful and often leads to blindness, in- , fection and even death.” The use of birdshot often results in a debilitating in- jury that can create an in- ability for the animal to sus- tain itself on natural food sources, creating a larger management issue. FWP Warden Captain Lee Anderson says, “I don’t recommend shooting to- wards bears with firearms or even BB-guns to scare them out of your trash. It is often an ineffective hazing tool and depending on the circumstances, it can be il- legal. We have investigated cases of people intending to scare bears and inadver- tently killing them with small calibér? titles (we. birdshot from shotguns or ricochets from other firearms.” The best way to avoid conflicts with bears is to re- move or secure food attrace tants. If a bear does not re- ceive a food reward it is far less likely to show up in the first place or return. Attractants are often items such as garbage, pet and livestock food, birdfeed- ers, and fruit trees, but also include livestock, compost, The Town Pump Charitable Foundation is gnovrnmc $400,000 lifted Montana charitable organizations and schools to backpack feeding programs for hungry Montana children. Backpack feeding programs provide nutritious and easy to prepare meals for weekends and holidays when children are not in school. Grafi‘tm‘al‘nounts will range from $2,500 to. $10,000. applwonfor- more information go online to ¥_,,tow, Applications are due by September 30, 2019. t “ncKErs on SALE now: I now MISS 'I'II_E rinsr Evsn BEST or nlcuunn comm AwAnns plantar 9-9994 , MLABLEAT oun OFFICE.- /backpackapp gardens, outdoor food cook- ers, and beehives. The best way to secure an attractant is to make it inaccessible to the animal by containing it within a secure hard-sided building (a structure with four-sid- ed walls, roof and door). Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (IGBC) certi- ‘ifiedtb‘ear-r‘esistant contain- ers are useful in prevent- ing the bear from learning that garbage could become a food source. If containment inside a secure structure is not practical, properly in- stalled and maintained electric fencing is a very effective tool. Loud noise, such as banging pots and pans, using an air horn or your car alarm, or shout- ing, is also a simple yet ef- fective short-term way to 2250 W Holly deter a bear. Other tempo- rary and short-term deter- rents include high decibel motion-activated alarms, sprinkler systems, motion lights and radios turned on at night. Bears have a fantastic sense of smell, are very intelligent, and extreme- ly strong. Deterrents like electric fences don’t prevent the animal from smelling the attractant but prevent the bear from ob- taininga food reward. It is also possible that you are taking all the proper steps toward deterring a bear conflict, but the neighbor may not be; and a bear could be using your prop- erty to access their food source. In circumstances like these, some negative conditioning/nonlethal animal repelling tech- niques like those listed above could be applicable. It is very important to always remain at a safe distance — at least 100 feet — from a bear. 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