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Water image

Water image

Jonathan Radtke, leader of Coca-Cola’s water resources sustainability program, is a hydro-geologist by training.

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Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River

Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River

Wyoming water is doled out on a first-come, first-served basis — called the doctrine of prior appropriation. Those who settled 150 years ago and filed a formal water right with the state have senior water rights.

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Flowing

Flowing

All but one of Wyoming’s in-stream water rights are called junior rights. Water will stay in the stream, but only after everyone who came before uses their allocations.

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Lined canal

Lined canal

Alan Rollo of the Sun River Watershed Group, talks about how lining a canal in the Fort Shaw Irrigation District has saved water.

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Sun River

Sun River

Increasing water flows in the Sun River hasn’t been an easy process, but by working with irrigators to make changes in consumption, more water now remains in the river.

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New gauge

New gauge

A new river monitoring gauge outside the town of Simms has shown that water flows are increasing in the Sun River thanks to the work of people like Alan Rollo, at left, and Rich Boyle.

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Laura Ziemer

Laura Ziemer

Trout Unlimited's Laura Ziemer has been integral in working to help irrigators so that more water can be returned to the Sun River's fishery.

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Rich Boyle

Rich Boyle

Rich Boyle, a landowner, irrigator and president of the Fort Shaw Irrigation District, talks about how collaboration with conservation groups has helped irrigators and the Sun River's fishery.

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Study Bighorn Reservoir

Study Bighorn Reservoir

A U.S. Geological Survey crew will begin a three-year study this summer in an attempt to identify the source of mercury that builds up in the reservoir's fish.

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Windy day

Windy day

Gusty winds, with some hitting 70 mph, bend the grass on a hilltop along the Stillwater River on Sunday. Only one week of the big game rifle season remains in Montana.

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The Judiths

The Judiths

This shot stitches together four photographs to give a panorama of the Judith Mountains as seen from the southeast.

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Sunrise

Sunrise

The sun shines onto the golden foothills of the Absaroka Mountains on a stormy fall day.

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Where's the elk

Where's the elk

Two bull elk rub their antlers in an aspen thicket.

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Sterky

Sterky

Flattened steak, seasoned and dehydrated creates sterky, or steak jerky.

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Bighorn trout

Bighorn trout

Rainbow trout in the Bighorn River may have suffered a setback this spring when river flows rose and then dropped.

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Big paws

Big paws

Bear spray demonstrations and talks about bears and their ecology have helped educate the public.

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Simms waders

Simms waders

Simms offers booted and stockingfoot waders that are made in Montana, just outside of Bozeman. Not everyone can pull off the pink wading belt.

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Mule deer talks

Mule deer talks

Mule deer populations in Wyoming will be the subject of two upcoming talks later this month in Meeteetse and Thermopolis.

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Mule deer

Mule deer

Wyoming wildlife authorities have cited four Wisconsin residents for poaching an antlered mule deer.

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Fort Peck Dam

Fort Peck Dam

Water gushes from the spillway at Fort Peck Dam in 2011, a surge of water that may have boosted the fish population below the dam.

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High point

High point

From a high point in the South Hills, Mike Penfold scans the country for a possible route that emigrants took while traveling along the Bozeman Trail. 

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Tracking the pioneers

Tracking the pioneers

Mike Penfold checks his GPS as he walks a possible route that emigrants took during the Bozeman Trail's early days, 150 years ago.

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The Clark Fork

The Clark Fork

Storm clouds brew over the junction of the Blackfoot and Clark Fork rivers.

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All down from here

All down from here

Mike Penfold reads copied diary entries from Bozeman Trail emigrants as he has lunch atop a hill along the possible route between Pryor Creek and Billings in the South Hills on land leased by the Billings Motorcycle Club.

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Winter shuttle

Winter shuttle

Xanterra Parks & Resorts will once again offer a shuttle service from Bozeman’s airport to the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel.

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Lamb decline

Lamb decline

Bighorn sheep lamb numbers often fall after outbreaks of disease as the bacteria is passed on from ewes to new lambs.

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Plan draws fire

Plan draws fire

Montana’s bighorn sheep plan has come under fire after a few attempts to establish new herds. Fish, Wildlife and Parks has hit roadblocks caused by sickness in transplant herds, concerns by neighboring landowners and the nearby presence of domestic sheep that carry bacteria harmful to bighorn sheep.

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Yellowstone roads to close

Yellowstone roads to close

Yellowstone National Park’s interior roads will close to automobiles on Nov. 3, with the exception of the route that goes to Cooke City.

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Mountain sunset

Mountain sunset

Hunting is one way that Montanans and others reconnect with an ancient tradition while exploring the state's wildlands.

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Farris Wilks

Farris Wilks

Farris Wilks and his brother Dan are the largest private landowners in Montana, rising to the top in just four years of purchasing acreage mostly in central Montana.

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Hunting

Hunting

Rifle hunters will be entering the mountains and prairies on Saturday as the annual deer and elk rifle season opens one-half hour before sunrise.

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Rifle season

Rifle season

Humans have come a long way from the spear, one of the first weapons made for hunting about 400,000 to 500,000 years ago.

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Wilks ranch

Wilks ranch

The Wilks brothers' N Bar Ranch is headquartered along Flatwillow Creek in Fergus County. The Big Snowy Mountains can be seen in the background of this shot that looks toward the ranch's large aircraft runway.

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Fall hike

Fall hike

Walkers stroll along one of the paved paths in Letchworth State Park. The park contains more than 60 miles of trails.

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Big Bend

Big Bend

This stitched series of photos gives some idea of the Genesee River's route around what's known as the Big Bend.

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Stone bridge

Stone bridge

A bridge over the Genesee River below Lower Falls in Letchworth State Park provides beautiful views of the canyon and falls.

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Canyon viewpoint

Canyon viewpoint

Visitors to the park stop at one of the many overlooks to take in the view.

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Glen Iris Inn

Glen Iris Inn

The Glen Iris Inn began as a home built in the 1800s before being remodeled and expanded.

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Trestle

Trestle

A train crosses the trestle bridge over the Genesee River above the Upper Falls in Letchworth State Park.

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Middle Falls

Middle Falls

Letchworth State Park in New York offers some spectacular canyon and waterfall views.

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CCC built

CCC built

The Civilian Conservation Corps built many of the stone walls, stairs and wooden shelters in Letchworth State Park in the 1930s.

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Beartooth Face

Beartooth Face

Aspen stands glow yellow on a beautiful fall day along the Beartooth Face at the end of Fox Road, near Red Lodge. The Beartooth Ranger District’s Palisades Trail loops through the trees.

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Tree talk

Tree talk

Barb Pittman, the Beartooth Ranger District’s biologist, stops in a clearing to point out the different types of aspen stands in the area.

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Barb Pittman

Barb Pittman

Barb Pittman, Beartooth Ranger District biologist, tells the group how in the past work has been done by weed crews that may no longer be available.

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Aspen tour

Aspen tour

People attending an aspen regeneration project tour last week walk through a stand of trees that was thinned along the Beartooth Face just northwest of Red Lodge. The project strives to create a variety of habitat, from dense stands for nesting to open ones for mating.

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Shawn Stewart

Shawn Stewart

Shawn Stewart, a wildlife biologist for Fish, Wildlife and Parks in Red Lodge, has helped guide a cooperative aspen regeneration project in the area since its inception in 1990.

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Joe Perry

Joe Perry

Joe Perry is one member of the Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program Advisory Group who criticized Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks for not putting more effort into new habitat projects.

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Yellowstone pronghorns

Yellowstone pronghorns

Yellowstone National Park pronghorns migrate out of the park taking the Rescue Creek Trail to the Gardiner Basin and the Paradise Valley to spend the winter.

October 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Pronghorn or antelope

Pronghorn or antelope

What some people call antelope are actually not a member of the antelope family found in Africa and East Asia, instead the North American species is called a pronghorn.

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To the top

To the top

Climbers are instructed in how to negotiate the 38-foot climbing wall during the Bozeman Ice Festival last year next to the Emerson Cultural Center. The festival returns again this year with more clinics and competition.

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