Outdoors news in brief

YNP invites anglers to spring meetings

Yellowstone National Park officials will host a series of meetings to discuss ongoing efforts to “restore native fish species, the threat of aquatic invasive species, and the park’s fishing regulations,” according to a park news release.

Anyone interested in those issues is invited to attend.

The meetings will be held Monday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman, Mont., Tuesday at the Holiday Inn in West Yellowstone, Mont., Wednesday at the Wort Hotel in Jackson, Wyo., and April 27 at the Best Western Premier Ivy Inn in Cody, Wyo.

All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

Yellowstone’s fishing season begins May 27. For more information on fishing in the park, visit go.nps.gov/fish.

Moose, sheep and goat controlled hunt deadline approaching

The deadline for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat controlled hunt applications is April 30, according to a release from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Hunters can apply at any Fish and Game office, license vendor, or use a credit card by telephone (1-800-554-8685) or by visiting https://idfg.idaho.gov/licenses. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than April 30. Drawing results will be posted on the Fish and Game website in early June.

Applicants must possess a valid 2017 Idaho hunting or combination license to apply for a controlled hunt. Moose, goat and sheep hunt applicants must pay the tag fee along with a nonrefundable application fee. Controlled hunt tag and application fees are $173 for residents and $2,116.50 for nonresidents. Only tag fees will be refunded to those who do not draw.

Select Yellowstone roads open to automobiles

Select roads in Yellowstone National Park will open to automobiles at 8 a.m. Friday.

The roads are:

• Mammoth Hot Springs to Norris

• Norris to Madison

• Madison to Old Faithful

• Madison to West Entrance

• Norris to Canyon Village

Construction will occur between Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris, and motorists can expect up to 30 minute delays.

Additional information and updated road status can be found at https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.

“Springtime in Yellowstone provides excellent opportunities for smaller crowds and wildlife viewing,” said a park news release. “Viewing opportunities special to this time of year include bison calves, bears, bull elk antlers in velvet, and the arrival of migratory birds.”