Rural Living in the Flathead Valley – Wildlife

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with 406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty RRE-BRO-LIC-75443

Rural living in the Flathead Valley can be heavenly, but there are practical considerations to keep in mind when looking for property in the area. If you are considering a rural home, you need to consider purchasing decisionsaccess issuesservice delivery,agriculture and the right to farmmother nature and wildlife. The first five posts can be accessed by clicking the links above. Part six (and the final part) of the series regarding living in rural areas of the Flathead County in Montana focuses on Wildlife.

 

Rural Living in the Flathead Valley – Mother NatureFlathead County Planning and Zoning prepared an excellent document for both natives and newcomers to the area. They've given me their thumbs up to share here. The final chapter deals with Wildlife.

 

And I quote:

 

Wildlife

 

Flathead County is home to some of the nation's most spectacular wildlife, including elk, moose, grizzly and black bear, and white-tailed and mule deer. Living in a rural area will allow you to encounter these magnificent creatures on a regular basis. It's easy to harm things we value without realizing it, so consider the following:

 

  • Many people are attracted to rural areas for the wildlife and do not realize the negative impacts they can have on the very creatures that drew them to rural living in the first place. Development encroaches on the habitat of white-tailed and mule deer, grizzly and black bear, elk, moose, coyotes, wolves, mountain lions, and a host of small creatures that share that habitat.

 

  • The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parksis an excellent source for information on safely living near wildlife. Contact them early if you are planning a move to a rural area to determine if your land is located near critical habitat such as feeding or calving areas.

 

  • It is never a good idea to feed wildlife, as they quickly become dependent on you as a food provider. Also, feeding seemingly harmless animals attracts those that prey on them such as bears and mountain lions, which can threaten your family's safety.

 

  • Managing trash is essential, as nothing tempts a bear like last night's leftovers. FWP has extensive information on bear-proofing your waste receptacles.

 

  • Hunting is a time-honored tradition in Montana. Be mindful that your newly purchased property might be part of an area historically used by hunters who may be unaware that ownership has changed.

 

  • If your property is adjacent to public lands, you will likely see an increase in traffic during hunting season. Contact Fish, Wildlife and Parks to learn about your rights and responsibilities.

 

  • Wildlife is more mobile during calving season, hunting season, and the "rut." Always keep a close watch when driving rural areas, and pay particularly close attention during these important times.

 

In Closing

 

Even though rural property owners pay taxes like everyone else, the amount of tax collected does not always cover the cost of services provided to rural residents. In general, those living in urban areas subsidize the lifestyle of those who live in the country by making up the shortfall between the cost of services and the revenues received from rural dwellers.

 

We encourage you to research all the issues raised here in more detail to ensure you are going to be happy and satisfied with your rural experience.

 

Rural Living in the Flathead Valley – Mother Nature

Me again! The above information about wildlife is certainly true. On my rural property, I have either seen, or seen evidence of, elk, deer, black bear, fox, coyote, rabbit, mice, squirrels, grouse, turkeys and mountain lion. We would never think to leave food outside. Our garbage cans stay in the garage until we take them to the dump. We always look around when going outside. If we're going on a hike or working outside away from the house, we make sure we are adequately prepared for any potential problems we might encounter.

 

All that said, we totally love the wildness of the area. When we see the tracks of something new, our response is "Wow, that is so cool!" and "I'm so happy I live here!"

 

So if after reading this you are still interested in purchasing land or an existing home in rural areas of the Flathead Valley, I'd be happy to make sure you have the information you need to select the property or home that works for you. The same is true if you want to move into a city or town. I'm available to assist with those properties as well. Just call me at 406-270-3667 or email me at kat@thehousekat.com.

 

Thank you taking this rural-property journey with me. I appreciate it!

 

Click here for more information on the Kalispell or Bigfork areas.

 

Originally published at thehousekat.com.

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Broker, CBR®

 

Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp

P.O. Box 10458

Kalispell, MT 59904

 

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email: kat@thehousekat.com

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  1. Brian England 03/24/2020 10:00 AM
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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Kat. While rural living is not for this downtown Chicago boy, it has many thinking in that direction in these troubled times. Much to consider. Thanks! Enjoy your day!

Mar 24, 2020 06:41 AM #1
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Will Hamm
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Hello Kat,  you are living in a great area for animals, I am not sure about wolves in your area.

 

Mar 24, 2020 07:17 AM #2
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Brian England
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Seeing wildlife is wonderful but we also have to realize that wildlife does not follow the same rules as we do, haha.

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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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A wonderful post with things people might not necessarily consider when they think about becoming more rural. 

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Great post Kat, those who choose to live in rural areas of you new state now have a great resource...you!

Mar 24, 2020 07:42 AM #5
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This is a great reminder. I can remember the first night we stayed, where we live now. We heard a racket on the deck outside of our bedroom and when I investigated I found seven raccoons..

The widow who lived in the house before us decided that she would feed the squirrels every night. Little did she know, that she was feeding a family of raccoons and after several years they had adapted to this feeding  arrangement.

when we stopped feeding them, they became angry and started to destroy our house and wiped feces on our windows and cars..

We understood that we were encroaching on their homeland; we had to stop feeding them and so after a month or so, they just decide to go someplace else.

Great lesson.

Happy Tuesday morning Kat Palmiotti 

Mar 24, 2020 07:47 AM #6
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Will Hamm
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Hello kat,  What am I thinking,  I have seen wolfves in September just in the first 15 miles in Montana.  

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Kat,

You made an excellent point on feeding wildlife.  There was a guy who came around the marshes and would throw bread for the ducks...and then game and wildlife stopped him.  Our game and wildlife people are on the job...A

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we feed the fish in the lake.  We enjoy watching them at feeding time and the dnr doesn't mind.  Guess it doesn't change that the fishermen who are their biggest preditors catching them too much.

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Kat Palmiotti
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Hello Wayne Martin - being on secluded property at times like this is a postive thing!

Will Hamm - Oh yes, we have wolves also. But I haven't seen evidence on my property - my neighbors across the street said they've been visited by a wolf pair.

Mar 24, 2020 02:39 PM #10
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Kat Palmiotti
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Absolutely correct Brian England - they have their own set of rules!

Thank you Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 !

Thank you Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - my phone lines are open!

 

Mar 24, 2020 02:40 PM #11
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Kat Palmiotti
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - Interesting story! Racoons can definitely get nasty; I'm glad they decided to move along!

Will Hamm - Aha!

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - the stores here sell things like salt licks and corn, but it's illegal to use them to feed any of the animals. Even the deer. I saw a picture of someone who put corn out for some small animal (I forgot what kind) and a bear was sitting there quite happily devouring it. Oops

Mar 24, 2020 02:42 PM #12
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Kat Palmiotti
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Hi Tammy Lankford, - the rules are probably different where you are. I'm not positive, but I don't think we're supposed to feed fish either.

Enjoy your evening!

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Hi Kat- Larry would love this!!!! I remember when he went on his wilderness kayaking trip in the Everglades they had to make sure that their food and water were protected from the wildlife. It sounds like you are in your element there. Love reading about your new home. 

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Kat Palmiotti - Your blog posts are beginning to sound like a great novel! I enjoy your postings very much. 

Mar 25, 2020 04:25 AM #15
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Good morning Kathy Streib - I do love it here! Right now it's almost turkey mating season and I get such a kick out of seeing about 25 turkeys with a tom who keeps strutting his stuff, opening his tail, etc. So cool.

Good morning and thank you Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - a novel! Hmmm.

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