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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Works to Expand Wildlife Area

The Mount Haggin Wildlife Management Area has expanded by 160 acres, thanks to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Edna Schmeller, and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks. The property is about 10 miles south of Anaconda at the base of the Anaconda-Pintlar Mountains. Previously surrounded on two sides by the 56,000-acre Mount Haggin Wildlife Management Area (WMA), it is now part of the WMA (Montana’s largest) itself. “This is a critical stretch of landscape. It is a migration corridor for elk and mule deer because it connects winter range on the west side of the Continental Divide with calving and fawning grounds as well as summer range on the east side of the Divide,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer. “Plus it features vital riparian habitat that supports a wide range of other fish, wildlife and plant species.”

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