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Study providing information on Missouri Breaks lions

Study providing information on Missouri Breaks lions

It was a cougar conga line, the tracks of six mountain lions in the snow all following the same path until a juniper tree blocked the route. Then the six cats split and went around the tree in separate paths, leaving distinct individual paw prints.

February 07, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Montana lion shot 230 miles from where it was collared for study

Montana lion shot 230 miles from where it was collared for study

A mountain lion collared for a study in northeastern Montana’s C.M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in February 2011 was shot in December by a hunter about 230 air miles away in North Dakota.

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Pronghorn still recovering from 2011 winter

Pronghorn still recovering from 2011 winter

GREAT FALLS — More pronghorn fawns are showing up on the landscape this spring across Montana, raising hopes of a good fawn crop, but antelope still are years from full recovery following the devastating winter of 2011, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.

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Bringing back the bison: Group pushes reintroduction to Montana public lands

Bringing back the bison: Group pushes reintroduction to Montana public lands

SOUTH OF MALTA — Jim Posewitz is confident he will see a huntable herd of free-roaming, wild bison somewhere in Montana in his lifetime.

October 13, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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Black-footed ferrets still struggle to gain foothold in Montana

Black-footed ferrets still struggle to gain foothold in Montana

TELEGRAPH CREEK — Randy Matchett calls it his chart from hell.

October 04, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Prairie drama: Pronghorn migration fraught with trauma, tragedy this year

Prairie drama: Pronghorn migration fraught with trauma, tragedy this year

It’s a migration that has captured the imagination of a nation, a story of life-threatening challenges, many miles of travel in freezing cold over rugged terrain, driven by dogged, single-minded determination.

June 23, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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An aerial view of some of the high water on the Missouri, Fort Peck

An aerial view of some of the high water on the Missouri, Fort Peck

I was talking to Randy Matchett, a wildlife biologist at the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, and he passed along these photos of some of the high water on Fort Peck Reservoir and the Missouri River he's seen on overflights this spring. These photographs drive home some of the pr…

June 16, 2011 5:14 pm Photos

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