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French professors in Montana to study environmental messages

French professors in Montana to study environmental messages

MISSOULA — Driving a remote road in the Pyrenees Mountains of southern France, Yves-Charles Grandjeat noticed a graffiti on the roadside: “No to bears.”

May 27, 2013 8:27 amLoading…
Oldest horse on Flathead's Wild Horse Island dies

Oldest horse on Flathead's Wild Horse Island dies

Having roamed Flathead Lake’s largest island for more than three decades, at one point upholding its name as the lone equine resident, the oldest gelding on Wild Horse Island has departed for greener pastures.

April 23, 2013 7:30 amLoading…
Montana Supreme Court hears bison transfer arguments at UM

Montana Supreme Court hears bison transfer arguments at UM

MISSOULA — The Assiniboine and Sioux people survived the 19th century despite Westward expansion, and the bison survived as well, but only now – after 130 years – have the two been reunited on ancestral lands, a lawyer argued Friday before the Montana Supreme Court.

April 13, 2013 7:17 am Related
Stretches of 4 rivers may be closed this year due to safety issues

Stretches of 4 rivers may be closed this year due to safety issues

HELENA — Four stretches on four rivers probably will be closed to recreation for portions of the float season this year due to public-safety concerns.

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Landowner fears, anger stoke barrage of bison policy bills at Legislature

Landowner fears, anger stoke barrage of bison policy bills at Legislature

HELENA – For Republican state Sen. John Brenden and many of his Eastern Montana neighbors, the idea of bison roaming the Montana plains as wildlife is absurd — and they want to do what they can to stop it.

February 24, 2013 12:05 am Photos

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UM scientists working to reopen Montana climate office

UM scientists working to reopen Montana climate office

MISSOULA — A team of scientists at the University of Montana is looking for state approval and eventual funding to reopen Montana’s defunct state climate office, saying new technology could help local producers keep tabs on global competition and drive commodity prices.

February 17, 2013 11:00 amLoading…

FWP to keep hunting, trapping open near Gardiner

State wildlife officials have canceled a Jan. 29 conference call to discuss a recent court decision that reopened the wolf hunting and trapping seasons in two areas north of Yellowstone National Park.

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Lion hunter says wolves killed 3 dogs north of Missoula

STEVENSVILLE — Drew Zeiler thought he had done everything right before he let his three mountain lion dogs go on a set of fresh tracks Sunday afternoon.

January 15, 2013 6:20 amLoading…
FWP expects to revisit wolf trapping closures near Yellowstone Park

FWP expects to revisit wolf trapping closures near Yellowstone Park

HELENA — A plan to close two areas to wolf trapping just north of Yellowstone National Park will be the topic of a special Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission conference call, with commission members trying to "short circuit" a legal challenge to the closure.

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Mountain lions, other animals caught in wolf traps as season opens

Mountain lions, other animals caught in wolf traps as season opens

HAMILTON — Montana’s mountain lions need to be careful where they step for the next two months.

December 26, 2012 5:28 am Photos

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FWP working on boosting bighorn sheep population in Bridgers

FWP working on boosting bighorn sheep population in Bridgers

HELENA — Staff members at Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will work with landowners in the Bridger Mountains for the next year with the hope that they’ll be able to reach agreements that will allow them to re-establish the bighorn sheep population in the area.

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Bitterroot National Forest imposes trap setback along Lake Como ski trials

HAMILTON — Cross-country skiers at Lake Como won’t have to contend with wolf traps right alongside trails at the popular ski area.

December 21, 2012 7:15 amLoading…
Montana wildlife commissioners endorse elk plan

Montana wildlife commissioners endorse elk plan

A broad plan to protect against animal disease around Yellowstone National Park by targeting infected elk herds gained initial approval Thursday from Montana wildlife commissioners.

November 08, 2012 6:45 amLoading…

Drought triggers fishing restrictions on 3 Montana rivers

Extended dry weather is prompting state wildlife officials to impose afternoon and evening fishing restrictions on three central Montana rivers.

July 26, 2012 7:15 amLoading…
Would-be wolf trappers quickly fill FWP's inaugural class

Would-be wolf trappers quickly fill FWP's inaugural class

Prospective wolf trappers are letting Montana wildlife officials know they’re ready to take the classes needed to allow them to take part in the state’s first wolf-trapping season.

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Wolf trapping plan generates huge public response

Wolf trapping plan generates huge public response

HELENA — The public response to the plans for this year's wolf hunt in Montana has been staggering: A whopping 6,500 comments have been received on the proposal set for approval Thursday by the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission.

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Montana FWP sees uptick in lethal removals of wolves

Montana FWP sees uptick in lethal removals of wolves

In June, 13 wolves from two packs roaming on ranches just north of Helena were shot and killed for ongoing livestock depredation.

July 08, 2012 6:47 amLoading…

Montana plans to let bison back into Gardiner Basin outside Yellowstone Park

State wildlife officials say they plan to allow bison back into the Gardiner Basin north of Yellowstone National Park this winter.

December 16, 2011 6:12 amLoading…
Roaming grizzlies discovering Montana's plains offer abundant food

Roaming grizzlies discovering Montana's plains offer abundant food

GREAT FALLS — An increasing grizzly bear population is expanding east from the Rocky Mountain Front in western Montana as individual bears discover that the plains contain abundant food, a grizzly bear expert says.

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Dozens speak against plan to relocateYellowstone Park bison

DEER LODGE — Ranchers and landowners on Wednesday packed the Powell County Community Center, just a few miles from what has become ground zero in the debate over whether there is a place for wild bison on Montana's landscape.

October 06, 2011 5:58 amLoading…

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