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Advocates challenge lynx habitat rule in court

Advocates challenge lynx habitat rule in court

BILLINGS — Wildlife advocates sued the federal government Monday after it declined to designate some areas in the West as critical habitat for the imperiled Canada lynx.

November 17, 2014 12:33 pm Photos

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Petition filed to protect Yellowstone bison

Petition filed to protect Yellowstone bison

Wildlife advocates have filed a formal petition seeking federal protections for Yellowstone National Park's wild bison herds.

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State wildlife chiefs back wolverine decision

State wildlife chiefs back wolverine decision

State wildlife agency directors from Idaho, Montana and Wyoming say they support the recent decision to deny endangered species protections to the rare wolverine.

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Arctic grayling won't receive federal protections

Arctic grayling won't receive federal protections

HELENA — The Arctic grayling does not need special protections under the Endangered Species Act, Federal wildlife officials said Tuesday.

August 19, 2014 1:34 pm Photos

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Guest opinion: Conserve habitat now instead of politicizing sage grouse

Guest opinion: Conserve habitat now instead of politicizing sage grouse

The forthcoming decision on listing the greater sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act has sparked controversy, fear and anger among Westerners. As expected, legislators are politicizing the issue — and not necessarily for the greater good.

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Can Montana’s Arctic grayling hang on?

Can Montana’s Arctic grayling hang on?

In three months, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide whether to list Montana’s Arctic grayling as a threatened or endangered species

June 19, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Upper Big Hole Valley

Upper Big Hole Valley

The upper Big Hole Valley is being reconnected to the Big Hole River with new fish ladders that allow Arctic grayling a means to swim up and downstream.

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Emma Cayer

Emma Cayer

Emma Cayer works to spawn grayling at Axolotl grayling brood lake in the Madison Range. Cayer is the grayling habitat biologist for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Dillon.

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Arctic grayling

Arctic grayling

This native Montana Arctic grayling was found in Miner Lake near the headwaters of the Big Hole River. The future of this fish is in the hands of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which will rule in September on whether it should be listed as a threatened or endangered species.

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Young of the year

Young of the year

A young of the year grayling closely resembles the adult in miniature. It will take a female fish three years to reach maturity and spawn.

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Fish count

Fish count

Jim Magee, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, walks a drift boat downstream as FWP fisheries biologist Matt Jaeger, in the middle, shocks grayling and FWP fisheries technician Lucas Bateman nets them on Red Rock Creek in the Centennial Valley to collect eggs for incubators in Elk Springs Creek.

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Irrigation changes

Irrigation changes

Rancher Guy Peterson talks about ways to improve his irrigation infrastructure with the CCAA (Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances) team in the Big Hole Valley.

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Returning water

Returning water

Big Hole Valley rancher John Dooling turns water back in to the Big Hole River. Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have worked cooperatively with landowners to install better irrigation systems to save on water use.

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Big Hole flooding

Big Hole flooding

Mountain runoff into the Big Hole Valley can produce flooding like this in high snow years.

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Tiny eggs

Tiny eggs

Thousands of tiny Arctic grayling eggs are ready to be placed into incubators in attempts to expand their range and make them identify with certain streams so that they return and spawn there.

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Shocking experience

Shocking experience

Jim Magee, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, walks a drift boat downstream as FWP fisheries biologist Matt Jaeger, in the middle, shocks grayling and FWP fisheries technician Lucas Bateman nets them on Red Rock Creek in the Centennial Valley to collect eggs for incubators in Elk Springs Creek.

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Fingerlings

Fingerlings

Young of the year grayling are being stocked in the Axolotl Lake grayling brood pond. The fish are native stock kept to supplement the river’s fish.

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Fish screen

Fish screen

This was the first fish screen installed in the upper Big Hole River.

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Montana native

Montana native

Big Hole River Arctic grayling are responding positively to changes made to improve the fish’s habitat, yet they still only occupy about 4 to 5 percent of their native habitat in Montana. Tracy Elam, Fish, Wildlife and Parks fisheries technician, holds a sail-finned adult.

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Wyoming loon population is small but critical to species

Wyoming has only 14 pairs of loons left living in its northwest corner. They are the rarest nesting bird in the state, and more importantly, they are one of the few remaining populations in the West, said David Evers, executive director of the Biodiversity Research Institute, an ecological r…

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