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Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

Charles M. Russell NWR: Landscape holds secrets, dangers

Charles M. Russell NWR: Landscape holds secrets, dangers

LEWISTOWN – There is no heart of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, but there is a circulatory system.

September 05, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Rain erodes roads in CMR refuge

Rain erodes roads in CMR refuge

Rain erodes roads in CMR refuge

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Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

The seemingly endless grasslands of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge have attracted generations of big-game hunters, but the area’s scenic beauty is available year-round.

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Young stud

Young stud

A young bull stands guard over a group of cows and calves at the Slippery Ann Elk Viewing area in 2011. The area is part of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Montana.

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Elk-viewing tour to CMR refuge offered Sept. 30

Elk-viewing tour to CMR refuge offered Sept. 30

The Central Montana Education Center in Lewistown is partnering with the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge to offer people a trip to the Slippery Ann elk viewing area during the peak of the elk rut.

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Advisory panel hears concerns about bison reintroduction from public

Advisory panel hears concerns about bison reintroduction from public

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.

July 14, 2014 5:18 pm Photos

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Recreation area

Recreation area

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.

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Crooked Creek sunset

Crooked Creek sunset

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.

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Fire burns 1,300 acres west of Jordan

Fire burns 1,300 acres west of Jordan

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.

June 23, 2014 1:00 pm Photos

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Carp archer

Carp archer

An archer stands at the ready in the bow of his family’s fishing boat as they troll near the Crooked Creek boat ramp.

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Big sky country

Big sky country

Looking east from the Missouri River at the UL Bend, storm clouds build up for an afternoon thunderstorm.

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Tent campers

Tent campers

Shoreline campers play in the shallow, warm waters of the delta at Crooked Creek.

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Long launch

Long launch

With the water low it’s a long way to back a boat trailer down the Crooked Creek boat ramp.

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Elk rut bus tours offered to Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

Elk rut bus tours offered to Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge

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.

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Elk viewing

Elk viewing

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.

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Bill would limit FWP land purchases

Bill would limit FWP land purchases

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…

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Study providing information on Missouri Breaks lions

Study providing information on Missouri Breaks lions

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.

February 07, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Cat scan

Cat scan

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,…

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Varied landscape

Varied landscape

The landscape of the Missouri Breaks varies from brushy willow and cottonwood river bottoms to steep uplands dotted with pine.

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Quick work

Quick work

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.

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