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In two laboratories on Billings' South Side, tissue samples taken from fish netted in the area of the Yellowstone River oil spill near Glendive are being analyzed to determine their exposure to the toxic hydrocarbons.
Golden eagles living in Wyoming’s northern Bighorn Basin are so dependent on cottontail rabbits as a food source that bunny abundance is a big driver of eagle reproductive success.
Without passage of a bill that would increase hunting and fishing license fees, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks could face a 20 percent budget cut that could result in the closure of hatcheries, regional offices and the laying off of about 100 employees.
The Judiciary Committee took aim at a series of firearm bills during first readings in the Montana Legislature on Tuesday, including what seems to be an almost semi-annual submission dealing with gun suppressors.
BRIDGER BOWL SKI AREA — Introduced by their father at a young age to snow skiing, brothers Paul and Matt Broberg have now passed on the tradition to their children.
The problem seems insurmountable.
Wyoming seems to be off the hook.
Guided by lessons learned during the response to the 2011 oil spill in the Yellowstone River, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are attempting to gather baseline data on the effects of Saturday’s oil spill into the Yellowstone near Glendive.
Enshrining trapping in the Montana Constitution by changing only a couple words drew equal measures of support and opposition during a House Fish, Wildlife and Parks hearing on Tuesday in Helena.
About 30 bighorn sheep — roughly one-third of two herds that live in the Gardiner area — have died this winter, probably from an outbreak of pneumonia.
A lethal removal of 10 elk in the Paradise Valley has been approved in an attempt to push elk off private agricultural land next to the Dome Mountain Wildlife Management Area.
A controversial land exchange between billionaire Texas brothers Dan and Farris Wilks and the Bureau of Land Management that was shot down last year has come back to life.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Twenty years after their ancestors were released here in one of the most controversial wildlife projects of the century, wolf howls punctuated the cold winter air on Monday to the delight of dozens of wolf watchers.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — For six months every two years, Kirsty Peake and her husband move from the United Kingdom to Montana for one reason: to spend the winter watching wolves.
Montana landowners whose property is classified as forest could see a tax hike to support firefighter training, equipment and staff under a bill making its way through the Legislature.
Just like retirees traveling south to escape the snowy winter, two female burrowing owls have been documented traveling almost 2,000 miles to central Mexico from Eastern Montana for the first time.
With disease limiting a southwestern Montana bighorn sheep herd’s viability, state wildlife officials are considering a new method to restore sheep populations in the area — allowing hunters to kill all of the existing bighorns.
It was 17 below zero when I stepped out of the cabin at about 6 a.m. The weekend’s heavy snowfall seemed to envelop the surrounding forest in cotton batting, insulating the mountain valley from all sound except for the squeak of snow underfoot.
With its claws as sharp as “little razor blades” dug into Craig Wagner’s leg, the fishing cat attempted to steal meat treats from its trainer’s belted waist pouch.
The bright yellow arc of fly line extending from the foreground seems to have electrified the tarpon.
Although a record-setting drought wracked California last year, forecasts for Montana’s water future look less grim but still challenging as the state’s population grows and the climate changes.
If the 112 bills awaiting possible drafting are any indication, it looks like the 64th Montana Legislature will once again focus its crosshairs on fishing, hunting and conservation issues.
After logging 800 miles in eight months in the Yellowstone backcountry last year, photographer Joe Riis has a much greater respect for the Cody elk herd he was tracking, the country they inhabit and the difficulty of moving through the remote mountainous region.
Sixty tags offered to archery hunters to thin the number of mule deer congregating in and around Roundup sold out within four hours on the first day they were offered, Dec. 15.
Darkness was fading into dawn as 9-year-old Noah Mathiason dove into his goose ground blind, pulled the doors closed and impatiently waited for the shooting to start.
With a worldwide readership pegged at almost 6.7 million, National Geographic Magazine will produce an issue in 2016 dedicated wholly to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
With only a steady wind to ruffle the tall grass on a cool fall day, it’s hard to imagine that for thousands of years First Peoples Buffalo Jump would on occasion hum with a frenzy of human activity.
This winter, when the cold has budding fly anglers shut indoors, Orvis has a way to make good use of that down time.
High hopes that accompanied the release of 21 black-footed ferrets into the UL Bend National Wildlife Refuge last November were deflated this spring when only one of the new ferrets was found alive.
A Bozeman-based environmental group is hailing a Forest Service proposal to keep three areas in Wyoming closed to motorized and mountain bike travel.
It is tough being a cougar in the Missouri Breaks.
With a little mathematics and some scientific wizardry, Joseph Shaw and two of his colleagues have put the glory back in Yellowstone National Park’s Morning Glory Pool.
A new era in travel by snowmobile in Yellowstone National Park is off to a feeble start this winter.
Until the 1970s, most West Yellowstone business owners would board up their windows, lock the doors and travel elsewhere as summer tourists drove away from the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
The sunken VW-sized boulder stood alone on the prairie, plunked down by a retreating glacier thousands of years ago miles from its birthplace.
Recommendations by Montana State Parks staff to put the onus on bear-proofing Smith River campgrounds on floaters was unanimously rejected by the Montana State Parks and Recreation Board at its Wednesday meeting.
What does the human microbiome have in common with the 2,000-acre Hailstone National Wildlife Refuge on the prairie northwest of Billings?
Calling a proposed logging project in the Red Lodge area devastating to the ecosystem, many of the people objecting to the proposal renewed their arguments in a conference call Monday, while also voicing their disdain for the process.
Coming off its biggest season ever, Bridger Bowl Ski Area will unveil the newly built 2,400-square-foot Alpine Cabin at a public ceremony Saturday at 11 a.m.
To Judith Meyer, the now-abandoned Howard Eaton Trail in Yellowstone National Park is about much more than just a circular horseback route connecting geysers to mudpots and Old Faithful to the Lamar Valley.
This eagle has landed, for now anyway.
A three-year study will begin this summer on Bighorn Reservoir to try to determine the source of high mercury levels in the lake’s fish.
Self-described workaholic Ashley Hlebinsky will be taking over as the curator of the Cody Firearms Museum of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in January — the first female firearms curator in the country.
A long-delayed logging project near the west shore of Hebgen Lake has hit another snag.
Jim Latvala, a 65-year-old fishing guide from Two Harbors, Minn., shot a six-point bull elk on the opening day of the Montana season. He was hunting with his older brother, 71-year-old Montana resident Warren Latvala, a retired land surveyor who has owned property in the area for 37 years. T…
The best way to educate almost 30 Joliet fifth-graders about Yellowstone National Park is to take them there.
Montana’s avalanche season is off to a nasty start after the death of a North Dakota snowmobiler on Nov. 26 near Cooke City, but that doesn’t mean the snowpack won’t stabilize as the winter wears on.
A fledgling biathlon club in Bozeman has made a bold $10 million bid to buy two Nordic ski areas at the base of Bridger Bowl Ski Area.
Montana is a river state. Just think of the iconic waters that are nationally and internationally known: the Madison, Yellowstone, Missouri and Gallatin; the Bighole, Bighorn, Blackfoot and Flathead.
It’s not easy talking about water and water rights with ranchers and farmers.