Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge
Of the more than 30 people who spoke to a state bison discussion group on Monday, about the only thing they could agree on is that the large mammals are a controversial issue.
There is now about 5 feet of water on the Crooked Creek Recreation Area’s boat ramp, following the slow rise of Fort Peck Reservoir.
The sun sets over the large, shallow delta where the Mussellshell River meets the Missouri near Crooked Creek in the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.
Montana’s wildland fire season got off to a hot start on Friday as a suspected lightning-caused blaze that smoldered for days sprang to life nurtured by wind and burned more than 1,300 acres by Monday.
An archer stands at the ready in the bow of his family’s fishing boat as they troll near the Crooked Creek boat ramp.
Looking east from the Missouri River at the UL Bend, storm clouds build up for an afternoon thunderstorm.
Shoreline campers play in the shallow, warm waters of the delta at Crooked Creek.
With the water low it’s a long way to back a boat trailer down the Crooked Creek boat ramp.
Two trips to the Slippery Ann elk viewing area during the peak of the elk rut are again being offered by the Central Montana Education Center in Lewistown in partnership with the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.
The Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge’s elk viewing area is a popular attraction in the fall. Elk gather during the rut in the Missouri River bottom land where they are protected from hunters.
Limiting Fish, Wildlife and Parks from any net gain in property would be better for private landowners by often removing a competitor to ranchers looking to buy property, as well as help the rural communities reliant on those lands to generate agricultural income, proponents of a bill said i…
It was a cougar conga line, the tracks of six mountain lions in the snow all following the same path until a juniper tree blocked the route. Then the six cats split and went around the tree in separate paths, leaving distinct individual paw prints.
Locations from a 3-year-old male cougar's tracking collar show its forays onto the Eastern Montana prairie outside of the CMR Refuge between January 2012 and January 2013. The dots represent his locations as recorded by GPS every five hours during that one year. Looking at monthly locations,…
The landscape of the Missouri Breaks varies from brushy willow and cottonwood river bottoms to steep uplands dotted with pine.
From the time the cougar is darted until the capture crew is finished the biologists have to work fast gathering information on the cat's age, a sample of its DNA, drawing blood, placing an ear tag and collaring. Here, Steve Becker draws blood.
Wildlife biologist Doug Powell collects mountain lion hair snagged on a barbed-wire fence in the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge. In the background is houndsman Grover Hedrick. The hair can be analyzed to find out how the lions are related to others in the area.
A male cougar stares down from its perch after being treed for a mountain lion study in the CMR Refuge.
A cougar ambles off after recovering from sedation and being collared in the CMR Refuge.
Mary Jo Hill, a biological technician for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, uses an antenna and receiver to search for the signal from collared lions in the CMR Refuge.
A mountain lion collared for a study in northeastern Montana’s C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in February 2011 was shot in December by a hunter about 230 air miles away in North Dakota.