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Mountain reflection

Mountain reflection

Saddle Peak in the Bridger Mountains is reflected in the windows of the new Alpine Cabin at Bridger Bowl Ski Area.

January 25, 2015 5:00 amLoading…
Young skier

Young skier

A young skier glides past the new Alpine Cabin as seen from inside the most recent addition to Bridger Bowl Ski Area.

January 25, 2015 5:00 amLoading…
Whiteout

Whiteout

Skiers and snowboarders battered by a heavy, wet snowstorm Jan. 18 gather at the base of Bridger Bowl. The ski area is marking it’s 60th anniversary this season.

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Bison info

Bison info

Information on Yellowstone National Park’s bison management operations during the winter is now available online every two weeks.

January 22, 2015 11:00 amLoading…
Bighorn proposals

Bighorn proposals

Comments are being sought on two measures directed at removing bighorn sheep from the Tendoy Mountains.

January 21, 2015 4:45 pmLoading…
Popular fishery

Popular fishery

The Yellowstone River at Intake Dam fishing access site is a popular fishery in May when the paddlefish season opens. What effect the recent spill may have on fish in the river is still uncertain.

January 21, 2015 2:30 pmLoading…
Tissue sampling

Tissue sampling

Amberly Huttinger of the Bozeman Fish Health Center takes tissue samples from a sucker's liver for testing to see if the fish was contaminated by the July ExxonMobil oil spill in 2012. Fish, Wildlife and Parks is capturing fish to conduct similar studies on the lower Yellowstone.

January 21, 2015 12:15 pmLoading…
Bighorn crossing

Bighorn crossing

A small band of bighorn sheep crosses Highway 89 north of Gardiner on Jan 12. Bighorns in other nearby herds have been hard hit by what appears to be an outbreak of pneumonia, killing about 30 sheep.

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Rammed

Rammed

Some of the bighorns that have died in the Gardiner area likely would have made it into the trophy record books, according to regional wildlife biologist Karen Loveless.

January 18, 2015 5:00 amLoading…
Removing elk

Removing elk

Fish, Wildlife and Parks has authorized several game damage hunts around the state to relieve depredation on landowners as well as a lethal removal of 10 elk in the Paradise Valley.

January 18, 2015 4:45 amLoading…
The landscape

The landscape

On the map projected next to Benes, the white portion at the upper left corner is the Anchor Ranch, owned by Dan and Farris Wilks and through which the Bullwhacker Road runs.

January 17, 2015 12:00 amLoading…
Stan Benes

Stan Benes

Stan Benes, manager of the BLM's Lewistown office, talks to a public gathering in Billings on Thursday about creating motorized access into a potion of the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument.

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Bison capture begins

Bison capture begins

Some of the bison from Yellowstone National Park that migrate into Montana near Gardiner will begin being captured for shipment to slaughter.

January 15, 2015 10:53 amLoading…
Bison

Bison

Bison wander out of Yellowstone National Park near Gardiner. Hunters in the Jackson Hole area of Wyoming killed about 300 bison during the just-completed hunting season.

January 15, 2015 10:53 amLoading…
Doug Smith

Doug Smith

As the Yellowstone Wolf Project biologist Doug Smith, at right, has participated in continuing studies of the park’s wolves since he joined the project in 1994.

January 15, 2015 5:00 amLoading…
Kirsty Peake

Kirsty Peake

Kirsty Peake, of Dartmoor National Park in the United Kingdom, is an animal behaviorist who has learned lessons about how humans treat their dogs by watching wolves in Yellowstone National Park. She said domestic dogs don’t understand rank and pinning like wolves do.

January 15, 2015 5:00 amLoading…
Celebration

Celebration

Wolf advocates, former and current park officials along with a Blackfeet spiritual leader gathered at Yellowstone National Park's North Entrance on Monday to mark the 20th anniversary of wolf reintroduction to the park.

January 15, 2015 12:00 amLoading…
Native voice

Native voice

Jimmy St. Goddard, a spiritual chief for the Blackfeet Tribe, talks as individuals involved in wolf reintroduction and management listen behind him. From left to right are Dan Stahler, Yellowstone biologist; Nathan Varley, former field biologist volunteer; Doug Smith, Wolf Project biologist;…

January 15, 2015 12:00 amLoading…
Wolf watchers

Wolf watchers

Wolf watchers line the side of the road near Tower Junction on Monday to watch the nearby Junction Butte and Prospect Peak packs interact.

January 15, 2015 12:00 amLoading…
Elk study

Elk study

Elk in the Elkhorn Mountains will be collared in February for a study examining the link between mountain pine beetle outbreaks and elk movement.

January 14, 2015 11:07 amLoading…
Floating islands

Floating islands

Bruce Kania's floating islands at his property northeast of Shepherd provide a fishery as well as keep the water clean.

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Big Creek

Big Creek

Big Creek flows behind the Forest Service rental cabin of the same name, providing fresh but untreated water for guests.

January 11, 2015 5:00 amLoading…
Icicles

Icicles

Icicles hang from the roof of the Big Creek Cabin, built in 1924. A nearby corral accommodates guests with horses. Firewood is provided along with some cookware, but there is no electricity available.

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Old cabin

Old cabin

The original Big Creek cabin, built in 1907, is now boarded up.

January 11, 2015 5:00 amLoading…
Rental cabin

Rental cabin

Above, the Big Creek rental cabin has a front and back porch as well as a fire pit for summer guests. Left, the original Big Creek cabin, built in 1907, is now boarded up.

January 11, 2015 5:00 amLoading…
Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend

Campers who chose sites with electricity and water at Horseshoe Bend would pay more this year under a proposal by the National Park Service.

January 10, 2015 4:45 pmLoading…
More than 3 million again

More than 3 million again

More than 3 million people visited Yellowstone National Park in 2014, the eighth straight year that visitation has topped 3 million.

January 09, 2015 12:30 pmLoading…
Wolf

Wolf

Even experts can have difficulty telling the difference between a wolf, like this one at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, and a coyote.

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Snowshoe outings

Snowshoe outings

The Custer Gallatin National Forest is offering three snowshoe outings to Refuge Point at Hebgen Lake this winter.

January 07, 2015 9:45 amLoading…
Lake effect

Lake effect

The evaporation from Montana’s lakes accounts for a loss of about 1 million acre feet of water a year, according to the state water plan.

January 07, 2015 12:00 amLoading…
Big retriever

Big retriever

Quade Stephens laughs as he hams it up while retrieving a downed goose from the field.

January 01, 2015 5:00 amLoading…
Blind shenanigans

Blind shenanigans

As Quade Stephens laughs at the antics, at left, Noah Mathiason bugs Drew Steinberger inside his ground blind during a goose hunt on the day after Christmas.

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Flagging geese

Flagging geese

Drew Steinberger waves a goose flag in an attempt to lure a flock closer.

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Little retriever

Little retriever

Nine-year-old Noah Mathiason drags a goose back to the blinds. Adult Canada geese can weigh between 11 and 13 pounds.

January 01, 2015 5:00 amLoading…
Goose down

Goose down

Mackay Mathiason, at left, Quade Stephens and Noah Mathiason stretch their legs in between flights of geese to decoys spread out in a Rosebud County stubble field.

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Predators

Predators

Coyotes like this one have become more scarce in Yellowstone since the reintroduction of gray wolves in the 1990s. After peaking, wolf populations have declined about 50 percent to 128 wolves at last count.

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Bison status

Bison status

Quarantining Yellowstone bison that leave the park is one of the options being considered by park staff to reduce the herds' population.

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Thermal features

Thermal features

Park staff monitor the amount of chloride in major rivers leaving the park in an attempt to detect changes in geothermal activity.

January 01, 2015 12:00 amLoading…
Square Butte

Square Butte

Square Butte, a promontory west of the buffalo jump, was often featured in western artist Charlie Russell's paintings.

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Bison knowledge

Bison knowledge

Inside the First Peoples Buffalo Jump visitor center people can learn more about bison and the native people that perfected hunting them on the vast Great Plains.

December 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Big teepee

Big teepee

Large teepees like this one set up on the grounds of the state park would have been built after horses arrived in the 1700s. Prior to that, carrying such a large lodge would have been too difficult for people traveling on foot.

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Visitor center

Visitor center

The visitor center sits at the base of the butte, which can be climbed in about an hour and a half.

December 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Close inspection

Close inspection

A tepee set up inside the visitor center allows people to see up close how tight living conditions could be on the Great Plains.

December 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Hair sample

Hair sample

Wildlife biologist Doug Powell collects mountain lion hair snagged on a barbed-wire fence in the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in 2013 as part of his study. In the background is houndsman Grover Hedrick. The hair can be analyzed to find out how the lions are related to others i…

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Grand Prismatic Spring

Grand Prismatic Spring

Grand Prismatic Spring, the largest in Yellowstone, is a deep blue in the center. Researchers at Montana State University and Germany devised a mathematical model that helps explain the colors of the park's springs.

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More routes open

More routes open

More routes inside Yellowstone National Park will open to oversnow travelers thanks to additional snowfall.

December 19, 2014 9:45 amLoading…
Steamboat Butte

Steamboat Butte

Rock art sites are often dramatic places, such as Steamboat Butte north of Billings. Some were seen as places that possessed supernatural power and were sites of vision quests and fasting, while others served as trail markers along an oft-used route.

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Art with a view

Art with a view

Rock art depicts a variety of subjects, from the elk and shield warrior in this petroglyph to simple lines, geometric designs and tales of a warrior’s conquests.

December 18, 2014 5:00 amLoading…
Castle Butte

Castle Butte

Castle Butte, north of Pompeys Pillar, is a prominent plains outcropping of sandstone with rock walls perfect for ancient artists to decorate.

December 18, 2014 5:00 amLoading…
Sheep dying

Sheep dying

Ten bighorn sheep in the Gardiner area have died from an outbreak of pneumonia.

December 15, 2014 5:30 pmLoading…

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