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Idaho suspends plan for hired wolf hunter

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Fish and Game officials say they’re suspending a plan to use a hired hunter to kill wolves in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness until at least November 2015.

July 29, 2014 9:30 pmLoading…

Simpson: E. Idaho sheep station will remain open

BOISE, Idaho — A sheep research facility that has operated for about a century on the Idaho-Montana border will remain open, Republican Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho said.

July 17, 2014 5:01 pmLoading…

Grand Teton rafting accident kills Jackson woman

MOOSE, Wyo. — A rafting accident has killed a Jackson woman on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park.

July 14, 2014 3:00 pmLoading…
Senators want bison declared national mammal

Senators want bison declared national mammal

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Senators from the Dakotas are among those making another attempt to have the bison declared the national mammal, citing the animal's historical significance and importance to Native Americans.

June 11, 2014 9:13 am Photos

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Rescued malamutes thriving in new homes

Rescued malamutes thriving in new homes

HELENA — Francesca walks around excitedly. She hears a familiar sound but is not quite sure where it is coming from.

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Badlands offer otherworldly park experience

Badlands offer otherworldly park experience

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, S.D. — The Badlands feel like they haven’t been spoiled by human hands.

August 11, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Feds keep Preble's mouse on threatened list

Feds keep Preble's mouse on threatened list

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday that it would continue to protect as a threatened species a mouse that lives along streams in Colorado and eastern Wyoming, saying human development continues to threaten the animal’s riparian habitat.

May 23, 2013 5:04 pmLoading…
Pioneering grizzly bear researcher retiring

Pioneering grizzly bear researcher retiring

KALISPELL — One could say that Kate Kendall is retiring at the end of this month as something of a scientific trailblazer for her work in modern grizzly bear population studies in Northwest Montana.

May 18, 2013 11:30 pmLoading…
63 Yellowstone Park bison to go to research facility

63 Yellowstone Park bison to go to research facility

HELENA — Government officials are planning to transfer 63 Yellowstone National Park bison to a nearby research facility as the park seeks ways to reduce its growing population of the animals.

March 06, 2013 12:15 pmLoading…
GOP blocks Tester bill to give hunters more land access

GOP blocks Tester bill to give hunters more land access

WASHINGTON — A wide-ranging bill to give hunters and fishermen more access to public lands stalled in the Senate Monday after Republicans said it spends too much money.

November 26, 2012 6:06 pmLoading…
Latino kids learn about Grand Teton National Park

Latino kids learn about Grand Teton National Park

JACKSON, Wyo. — Twelve-year old Daniel Guevara had never been to Grand Teton National Park. The Jackson seventh-grader didn’t know what he’d find there, he said, didn’t know where to go.

September 01, 2012 11:55 pmLoading…
Government scientists snare bear hair to study grizzlies

Government scientists snare bear hair to study grizzlies

BONNERS FERRY, Idaho — Scientists are hoping a mixture of fish guts and cow blood sprinkled liberally along the mountainous Idaho-Montana border will help them count grizzly bears, an effort pushed by local government officials who suspect there may be more of these big predators in the regi…

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Program helps students learn about careers

Program helps students learn about careers

JACKSON — After two months working at Spring Creek Animal Hospital, Jackson Hole High School junior Nina Berlin knows for sure she wants to work in the medical field.

March 21, 2012 8:00 pmLoading…

Bison slaughter planned if migration out of Yellowstone Park occurs

Yellowstone National Park administrators plan to capture and ship to slaughter potentially hundreds of wild bison if they migrate into Montana this winter in a bid to reduce disease and control the population of the animals.

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Visitors flock to Missoula to see snowy owls

Visitors flock to Missoula to see snowy owls

POLSON — The last time Polson adventurer Marty Zajanc saw a snowy owl, he spent 10 years hiking more than 3,000 miles across Alaska and into the Arctic Circle to do it.

January 25, 2012 9:30 pm Photos

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Montana's wildlife policies raise ethical question over hunting

HELENA — Montana is looking to recreational hunters for help in enforcing more of its wildlife management policies, but one regulator worries that they are being asked to cross an ethical line in doing so.

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Eastern Montana, several states hit hard by deer-killing disease

White-tailed deer populations in parts of Eastern Montana and elsewhere in the Northern Plains could take years to recover from a devastating disease that killed thousands of the animals in recent months, wildlife officials and hunting outfitters said.

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Donor of vast ranch to UW, CSU, expresses regret over decision

Donor of vast ranch to UW, CSU, expresses regret over decision

HORSE CREEK — A woman who donated her family’s ranch to promote hands-on agriculture education at the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University says she’s disappointed that the two schools haven’t made better use of her gift as a teaching tool.

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Medical marijuana again tops year's stories

Medical marijuana again tops year's stories

HELENA — The collapse of the state's once-booming medical marijuana industry after lawmakers passed tough restrictions and federal agents raided dozens of pot providers was Montana's top news story of 2011, according to The Associated Press' annual member poll.

January 01, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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U.S. gray wolves rebound but still face uncertain future

U.S. gray wolves rebound but still face uncertain future

ATLANTA, Mich. — After devoting four decades and tens of millions of dollars to saving the gray wolf, the federal government wants to get out of the wolf-protection business, leaving it to individual states - and the wolves themselves - to determine the future of the legendary predator.

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