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  • Rebecca Watters

Vast expanses of wild country in Mongolia resemble the American West.

  • Rebecca Watters

Few people live in northwestern Mongolia. The nearest city to the expedition’s jumping off point, Kharkhorin, has a population of only 12,000.…

  • Rebecca Watters

Wolverine tracks were found everywhere in the Dharhad region that the Americans explored.

  • BRETT FRENCH/Gazette Staff

Rebecca Watters, director of the Mongolian Wolverine Project, makes a home in Bozeman when she’s not overseas. Last spring, Watters and four o…

  • Rebecca Watters

Mongolians like this herder are key to Watters’ project, providing information on animals as well as help exploring the vast region.

  • Rebecca Watters

A wolverine pelt that was trapped by a herder trying to capture wolves hangs on the wall of the man’s home. Locals hold the animals in esteem …

  • Rebecca Watters

An ortz is the Mongolian tepee-like structure that reindeer herders live in during the summer. To Watters it is another similarity to traditio…

Envision Montana with little or no range management and only marginal environmental regulation and you get an idea of what the stressed portio…

  • Tributary Fund

A ger is the traditional yurt-like housing used by many of the nomadic Mongolian herdsmen and their families.

  • Tributary Fund

A monk in a hard hat waits for the Bozeman group to return to the van during a tour of a Mongolian mine.

  • Tributary Fund

A Mongolian river bank shows the lack of vegetation in the heavily grazed countryside.

  • Tributary Fund

A Mongolian monk talks with Rebecca Watters and Stuart Jennings, who traveled to the country for the Tributary Fund, a Bozeman-based nonprofit.

  • Tributary Fund

A Buddhist shrine is fenced against cows. The religion was driven underground during occupation by the Soviet Union in the early 1900s.

  • Tributary Fund

The group stopped to visit shrines along the way.

  • By MARY PICKETT mpickett@billingsgazette.com

Anudari Batjargal came to Rocky Mountain College in 2009 as a 16-year-old freshman from Mongolia.

  • LARRY MAYER/Gazette Staff

Mongolian student Anudari Batjargal is graduating from Rocky Mountain College on Saturday with a degree in aviation management. She also will …

  • LARRY MAYER/Gazette Staff

Mongolian student Anudari Batjargal is graduating from Rocky Mountain College on Saturday with a degree in aviation management. She also will …

  • By MARTIN KIDSTON Missoulian

EVARO — The drone of traffic created a constant roar on U.S. Highway 93 early Monday as a delegation of Mongolian government officials joined …

  • Photo courtesy CSKT, MDT and WTI-MSU

A bear crosses underneath U.S. Highway 93.

If you're a teacher and want to integrate your class with an expedition to Mongolia, check out the Adventurers & Scientists for Conservati…