Hoot Owl restrictions in Western Montana are disappearing as river temperatures cool off. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Public Information Officer Vivica Crowser explained.

“We have kind of been lifting them incrementally,” Crowser said. “Conditions have improved and as our water temperatures have gone down, the longer cooler nights really have helped bring that temperature down a bit. So we now have now have lifted part of our the restrictions on the upper Clark Fork. Foot Creek downstream to Rock Creek, is now free from those hoot owl restrictions.”

There are still a few restrictions in place but they should be leaving soon.This year, the first wave of Hoot Owl restrictions went into place on July 29th.