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State veterinary lab earns accreditation

BOZEMAN — The Montana Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Bozeman has regained it's the full accreditation it lost in 2003.

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State delays decision on controversial elk plan

State delays decision on controversial elk plan

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has delayed until November its commission’s consideration of a controversial 2015 elk-brucellosis management plan aimed at disease outbreaks in the Paradise Valley.

October 06, 2014 12:43 pm Photos

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Horse rescued after falling into ice-covered spring

Horse rescued after falling into ice-covered spring

HELENA — A horse was pulled from water by rescuers on Tuesday after walking out onto the ice that had formed over a spring where it normally drinks.

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Gazette opinion: Montana DOL's plan to inoculate park icons

Gazette opinion: Montana DOL's plan to inoculate park icons

In a wonderland of controversies, bison may be Yellowstone National Park’s most complex management issue.

December 06, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Montana can have cattle and bison, too

Guest opinion: Montana can have cattle and bison, too

State and federal agencies that manage bison in and around Yellowstone National Park are poised to remedy a sorry situation that has heaped national disgrace on Montana. I’m speaking of the sometimes brutal hazing of bison back into the park by helicopters, four-wheelers and horses under a p…

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Suspended meat processor charged with assaulting inspectors

HELENA — The owner of a local meat processor whose facility was recently tagged as “putrid” by state inspectors was arrested Tuesday on charges he assaulted two Department of Livestock workers.

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Yellowstone County placed on rabies quarantine after dog-skunk encounter

As a result of a dog's encounter with a skunk in the Heights, the state Department of Livestock has placed Yellowstone County under a rabies quarantine for 60 days.

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A 2nd auction of Leachman horses is set near Poplar

A 2nd auction of Leachman horses is set near Poplar

Two years ago, the Crow Tribe auctioned off more than 800 of James Leachman's horses on a ranch east of Billings. A similar scene will play out Wednesday on the Fort Peck Reservation.

April 02, 2013 9:00 pm Photos

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Bighaus column: Horse racing's return to Billings isn't a done deal

Yellowstone Downs in Billings has been awarded eight days for live horse racing this summer, but don't circle the late August and early September dates on the calendar just yet.

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Park Service wants female bison removed from northern Yellowstone herd

Park Service wants female bison removed from northern Yellowstone herd

Yellowstone National Park biologists have recommended the killing of 450 bison, primarily females, this winter to “reduce abundance and growth potential” in the northern herd.

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1st day of Leachman trial features photos of crippled horses

1st day of Leachman trial features photos of crippled horses

Billings cattle and horse breeder James Leachman turned a blind eye to  "abandoned and suffering horses,” Yellowstone Deputy County Attorney Ingrid Rosenquist said Tuesday during Leachman's trial on misdemeanor animal abuse charges.

November 27, 2012 1:15 pm Photos

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Trail cam captures lion family in Sapphire Mountains

Trail cam captures lion family in Sapphire Mountains

FLORENCE – A Bitterroot Valley bowhunter using a remote motion-detecting camera has inadvertently captured some astonishing images of wildlife in the Sapphire Mountains that would make even professional wildlife photographers lick their chops.

October 25, 2012 12:10 am Photos

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West Nile virus cases surface in Southern Montana

West Nile virus cases surface in Southern Montana

Three West Nile virus cases have been identified in southern Montana, and mosquitoes carrying the virus have been found in Yellowstone County.

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Officials wrestle with hazing Yellowstone bison during birthing season

Officials wrestle with hazing Yellowstone bison during birthing season

WEST YELLOWSTONE — The lone bison moved slower than the rest of her herd last week as they wandered west across Highway 287, one of about 40 animals defying the earlier attempt by a dozen men on horseback to push them east into Yellowstone National Park. A closer look revealed the reason she…

May 20, 2012 10:00 am Photos

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Livestock Loss Board to hold meeting on wolves in Hamilton

HAMILTON - Ravalli County ranchers will have their chance to voice concerns over wolves next week during a listening session with the state Department of Livestock’s Livestock Loss Board.

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Simulcast racing returns to state

Simulcast racing returns to state

Simulcast horse racing is coming back to Montana, but the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs apparently won’t be part of it this year.

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Big Horn County extends rabies quarantine

Big Horn County extended an existing rabies quarantine through June 8 after an infected skunk was found near Busby.

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Bighaus column: Billings' horse racing meet in jeopardy

Bighaus column: Billings' horse racing meet in jeopardy

It’s awfully quiet these days on the backside of MetraPark’s Yellowstone Downs.

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Montana horse racing board gets critical audit, considers simulcast once more

It's crunch time, of the numerical kind and otherwise, for the horse racing industry in Montana.

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Bighaus Column: Despite turmoil, Y-Downs plans for horse racing

Bighaus Column: Despite turmoil, Y-Downs plans for horse racing

Montana horse racing is "pretty much in a state of turmoil" once again.

January 12, 2012 10:35 pmLoading…

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