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Mule deer group pledges $1.3 million for new research

CASPER, Wyo. — Mule deer numbers in southwest Wyoming have been declining for decades. As researchers continue to try and understand why, they may receive a helping hand.

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Day hikes as Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park turns 100

Day hikes as Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park turns 100

ESTES PARK, Colo. — No adjectives can do Rocky Mountain National Park justice. The jagged snow-draped peaks, rocky tundra, green valleys, and roaring waterfalls render exclamation points inadequate.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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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New agreement proposed for bison range management

New agreement proposed for bison range management

HELENA — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a new agreement to share management of the National Bison Range with American Indian tribes claiming historical and cultural ties to the land, following the failure of two previous deals in the past decade.

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Boy attacked by otters near Kalispell

KALISPELL — State wildlife officials are investigating after two adult otters attacked a boy who was swimming at Lake of the Woods east of Kalispell.

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HMF080314 paw print

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Forest visitors asked to note wildlife, plants

Forest visitors asked to note wildlife, plants

HELENA — A wide diversity of plants and animals inhabit the nearly 1 million-acre Helena National Forest, and with such a massive area to cover, a new citizen science campaign asks the public to help document the many species calling it home.

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Moose on Mount Jumbo

Moose on Mount Jumbo

A moose is seen on Mount Jumbo near Cherry Street on Wednesday morning.

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Moose spotted in Missoula neighborhood

Moose spotted in Missoula neighborhood

MISSOULA — A moose wandered into the lower Rattlesnake neighborhood Wednesday morning, an unusual urban wildlife sighting for Missoula residents more accustomed to deer, bears and raccoons – even elk.

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Wyomingites asked to report dead sage grouse

CASPER, Wyo. — Wildlife officials are asking Wyomingites to report dead sage grouse so the birds can be tested for West Nile virus.

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Simpson: E. Idaho sheep station will remain open

BOISE, Idaho — A sheep research facility that has operated for about a century on the Idaho-Montana border will remain open, Republican Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho said.

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Montana considers scaling back sage-grouse hunt

Montana considers scaling back sage-grouse hunt

HELENA — Montana wildlife officials have dropped their plans to cancel this year’s sage grouse hunting season, and they are instead proposing to severely limit where the game birds can be pursued because of their low numbers.

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Officials can't find bear that attacked woman

KALISPELL — State wildlife officials have been unable to find the bear that attacked a Montana woman while she ran with her dogs last week on U.S. Forest Service land north of Columbia Falls.

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Female grizzly, cubs relocated to Hungry Horse

KALISPELL — Wildlife biologists with the state and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes moved a 6-year-old female grizzly bear and her two male cubs from the Flathead Indian Reservation to a spot east of Hungry Horse Reservoir.

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Court asked to speed up Canada lynx recovery work

Court asked to speed up Canada lynx recovery work

Wildlife advocates want a federal judge to order faster action on a recovery plan for imperiled Canada lynx, after wildlife officials said it could take until 2018 to finish the long-delayed work.

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Lots of visitors

Lots of visitors

Yellowstone National Park visitors collect to photograph wildlife. Visitation to the park is up over last year.

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Senators want bison declared national mammal

Senators want bison declared national mammal

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Senators from the Dakotas are among those making another attempt to have the bison declared the national mammal, citing the animal's historical significance and importance to Native Americans.

June 11, 2014 9:13 am Photos

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Increasing Bakken oil trains prompt concern farther West

Increasing Bakken oil trains prompt concern farther West

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Residents along the scenic Columbia River are hoping to persuade regulators to reject plans for what would be the Pacific Northwest’s largest crude oil train terminal — the proposed destination for at least four trains a day, each more than a mile long.

May 26, 2014 1:47 pm Photos

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Montana FWP approves killing of 100 wolves per year by landowners

Montana FWP approves killing of 100 wolves per year by landowners

Montana landowners could kill a combined 100 gray wolves annually if the predators are perceived to pose a threat to humans or domestic animals, according to a rule that received initial backing from state wildlife commissioners Thursday.

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Wyoming game wardens push for steeper penalties

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming game wardens are pushing state lawmakers to make some game violations felonies, arguing that poachers face minimal fines while at times making hundreds of thousands of dollars off illegally taken wildlife.

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