Rancher and landowner Pat O'Toole checks in as his crew of hired Peruvians docks and castrates lambs recently in the Little Snake River Valley. O'Toole and other landowners, as well as conservation groups and wildlife agencies, are concerned at the prospect of future energy development in th…
OUTSIDE BAGGS — In a normal year, Pat O’Toole might be more worried about the coyotes that killed 10 of his lambs the night before.
Ressa Charter lifts bales of hay on the family ranch.
Cattle feed on the Charter family ranch north of Billings.
Ressa Charter unrolls round hay bales as he feeds cattle on the Charter family ranch north of Billings.
Ressa Charter feeds cattle on the Charter family ranch north of Billings last week.
Cattle on the Charter family ranch north of Billings.
A herd of bison move through land controlled by the American Prairie Reserve south of Malta, Mont. in this April 25, 2012 photograph. The reserve’s operators on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, bought a 150,000 acre ranch in Valley County as part of their effort to create a multi-million-acre wildlif…
Damien Austin, senior foreman for the American Prairie Reserve, lifts a bull snake off a road near the reserve’s headquarters south of Malta, Mont. in this April 25, 2012 photograph. The reserve on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, closed a deal to buy a 150,000-acre ranch in nearby Valley County as p…
A prairie dog pokes its head from its burrow on the privately-operated American Prairie Reserve south of Malta, Mont. in this April 25, 2012 photograph. The operators of the reserve are restoring habitat for prairie dogs, bison, burrowing owls and other animals as they seek to create a vast …
A fence marks the edge of a pasture holding bison on the American Prairie Reserve south of Malta, Mont. in this April 25, 2012 photograph. Operators of the reserve say they hope to one day have as many as 10,000 bison on a complex of public and private lands totaling three million-plus acres…
American Prairie Reserve senior foreman Damien Austin talks about an ancient buffalo jump where American Indians once hunted the animals, on a site that now overlooks central Montana’s C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in this April 25, 2012 photograph. (AP Photo/Matt Brown)
MALTA - A conservation group said Tuesday it has bought a 150,000-acre Montana ranch in a major step toward its vision of a national park-caliber prairie wildlife preserve that has stoked fears of change in the heart of cattle country.
ALBIN — The sun is rising to the east of the Lerwick homestead, but the full moon is still clear to the west.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - With bison meat prices at an all-time high, Wyoming and Colorado ranchers are finding themselves in a great position to take advantage.
Budd Ranches Inc., located in Big Piney, signed a conservation easement with the Conservation Fund, protecting the ranch’s historic operation and rich wildlife habitat from development.
CODY, Wyo. — One of the oldest ranches in Wyoming held by a single family has agreed to a conservation easement that will protect more than 10,000 acres of prime wildlife habitat.
Lyle Shammel graduated from Montana State University with a degree in civil engineering, but opted for a career in agriculture because it better suited his temperament.
The devastating series of snowstorms that buried southeast Montana during the middle of calving and lambing season killed hundreds of cows, calves, lambs and sheep.