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One night inspired 30 years of advocacy for Badger-Two Medicine

One night inspired 30 years of advocacy for Badger-Two Medicine

HELENA — Amid driving rain and lingering cloud banks pushing down through narrow valleys in Glacier National Park, Lou Bruno, Kendall Flint and Leanne Falcon of the Glacier-Two Medicine Alliance crested the ridge, revealing the Two Medicine River gushing through the drainage below.

July 05, 2014 12:00 pm Photos

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Patriotic road trip: Travelers likely to be in town over the holiday weekend

Patriotic road trip: Travelers likely to be in town over the holiday weekend

Although no fireworks will be launched from the top of Pompeys Pillar on Friday, visitors are likely to flock to area attractions for the holiday weekend. 

July 04, 2014 7:15 am Video Photos

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MSUB hosting a day at the zoo on Saturday

Take a walk on the wild side with Montana State University Billings with a Day at ZooMontana on Saturday.

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Righteous regents. We applaud the appointment of Billings attorney Martha Sheehy to the Montana Board of Regents. A graduate of the University of Montana law school, Sheehy is a past president of the Montana Bar Association and has volunteered on more court, community and education boards t…

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Zoo bears demonstrate sheer strength in destroying mock campground

Zoo bears demonstrate sheer strength in destroying mock campground

Anyone who ever doubted the brute force of a full-grown grizzly bear had only to watch Bruno and Ozzy wander into a faux campsite at ZooMontana on Saturday.

March 15, 2014 4:30 pm Video Photos

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Ozzy the grizzly bear checks out a staged campsite

Ozzy the grizzly bear checks out a staged campsite

As a crowd of people look on, Ozzy the grizzly bear checks out a staged campsite in his enclosure at ZooMontana during an enrichment event Saturday.

March 15, 2014 3:26 pmLoading…
Allie, Ava and Alex Romee

Allie, Ava and Alex Romee

Allie Romee, 3, Ava Romee, 7, and Alex Romee, 5, watch the grizzly bears at ZooMontana tear apart a staged campsite in their enclosure during an enrichment event Saturday.

March 15, 2014 3:27 pmLoading…
Bears vs. Coolers

Bears vs. Coolers

ZooMontana's grizzly bears, Ozzy and Bruno, destroy a campsite staged in their enclosure during an enrichment event.

March 15, 2014 3:27 pm Photos

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Grizzly bears Bruno and Ozzy

Grizzly bears Bruno and Ozzy

Grizzly bears Bruno, right, and Ozzy, interact with coolers in a staged campsite in their enclosure at ZooMontana on Saturday.

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Bruno the grizzly bear

Bruno the grizzly bear

Bruno the grizzly bear easily gets into a standard cooler in a staged campsite in his enclosure at ZooMontana on Saturday.

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Bruno plays with a camp chair

Bruno plays with a camp chair

Bruno, left, plays with a camp chair as Ozzy looks on at ZooMontana on Saturday.

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Bruno charges Ozzy

Bruno charges Ozzy

Grizzly bear Bruno, left, charges Ozzy as he protects a cooler full of food in the bears’ enclosure at ZooMontana on Saturday.

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Bruno the grizzly bear

Bruno the grizzly bear

Bruno the grizzly bear tries to break into a bear-proof container during an enrichment event at ZooMontana on Saturday.

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Ozzy the grizzly bear

Ozzy the grizzly bear

Ozzy the grizzly bear tries to break into a bear-proof container during an enrichment event at ZooMontana on Saturday.

March 15, 2014 3:26 pmLoading…
Grizzly bears versus a campsite

Grizzly bears versus a campsite

ZooMontana's grizzly bears Ozzy and Bruno demonstrate the damage bears can do to a campsite when campers do not take precautions against bears.LLOYD BLUNK/Gazette Staff

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'Happy as can be': Many ZooMontana animals are most at home in winter's cold

'Happy as can be': Many ZooMontana animals are most at home in winter's cold

On a chilly, wintery morning at ZooMontana, little can be heard other than the soft crushing of snow beneath the boots of zoo director Jeff Ewelt and the nearby hum of a small tractor clearing walkways.

January 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Bruno gets up close and personal

Bruno gets up close and personal

Bruno the grizzly bear takes a break while his buddy Ozzy works to open a 700-pound pumpkin at ZooMontana on Saturday morning.

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ZooMontana's grizzly bears receive a 770 pound treat

ZooMontana's grizzly bears receive a 770 pound treat

ZooMontana's grizzly bears, Ozzy and Bruno, entertained zoo goers by tearing into a 770 pound pumpkin.

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600 pound bear receives a 700 pound pumpkin treat

600 pound bear receives a 700 pound pumpkin treat

ZooMontana's two grizzly bears, Ozzy and Bruno, received a belated Halloween treat in the form of giant pumpkins.

November 09, 2013 2:13 pm Photos

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Feature video and photos: 600-pound bear receives a 770-pound pumpkin treat

Feature video and photos: 600-pound bear receives a 770-pound pumpkin treat

Around 400 people visited ZooMontana on Saturday morning to watch the zoo's two grizzly bears, Bruno and Ozzy, tear into pumpkins.  

November 09, 2013 2:11 pm Video Photos

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Bruno the grizzly bear

Bruno the grizzly bear

Bruno the grizzly bear sniffs the 700-pound pumpkin treat at ZooMontana on Saturday morning.

November 09, 2013 2:00 pm
Bruno the bear tries to eat a pumpkin

Bruno the bear tries to eat a pumpkin

Bruno the grizzly bear tries to tear into a 700-pound pumpkin treat while his younger buddy, Ozzy, waits for his turn at ZooMontana on Saturday morning.

November 09, 2013 2:00 pm
Bruno the bear take a break

Bruno the bear take a break

Bruno the grizzly bear takes a break while his buddy Ozzy works to open a 760-pound pumpkin at ZooMontana on Saturday morning.

November 09, 2013 2:00 pmLoading…
Hunting for treats

Hunting for treats

Jeff the Nature Guy goes inside the bear exhibit at ZooMontana to show how they keep Bruno and Ozzy's brains active when they forage for food.

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Bears vs. gourd Saturday at ZooMontana

Bears vs. gourd Saturday at ZooMontana

ZooMontana is inviting the public and media to the zoo on Saturday at 11:30 am to witness a face off between the zoo's grizzly bears, Ozzy and Bruno, and a 770-pound pumpkin.

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Your Sports: Montana Marathon

Montana Marathon

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After loss of accreditation, ZooMontana making gains on financial front

After loss of accreditation, ZooMontana making gains on financial front

In March 2011, ZooMontana faced a dire reality: engineer a drastic and dramatic turnaround or deal with the very real possibility of closing by the end of the year.

June 23, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Bruno rests in a hammock

Bruno rests in a hammock

Bruno, a grizzly bear, rests in a hammock in his enclosure at ZooMontana on Thursday, June 6, 2013.

June 07, 2013 3:45 pm
Cpl. Humberto Bruno Two Bulls 'Dondi'

Cpl. Humberto Bruno Two Bulls 'Dondi'

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — United States Marine Corporal Humberto Bruno Two Bulls, Indian name “Cedar,” aka Dondi, aka “Dos Toros,” 21, of the 1st Armored Reconnaissance Battalion of Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, Calif., entered into the kingdom of heaven on Sept. 16, 2012.

September 25, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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City Lights: Big thoughts on a very small particle

The biggest news of the week, in this universe or any other, was that scientists think they may have found the elusive particle that gives other particles their mass, their heft, their ability to slow down and smell the roses.

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Big turnout for Endangered Species Day, Geranium Fest at zoo

Big turnout for Endangered Species Day, Geranium Fest at zoo

At 12 years old and 710 pounds, Bruno makes an unforgettable first impression, especially on a teenager who has never laid eyes on a grizzly bear.

May 19, 2012 5:30 pm Photos

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Golden Pen Award: We should all be proud of ZooMontana

A world of talons and tails, feathers and furs. Step into a place full of beautiful sights and sounds. The splashing of water as Bruno and Ozzie, the resident grizzly bears, play in the pool. Two magnificent bald eagles perch watchfully in a tree. Every turn takes you to a new place and spec…

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Gazette opinion: Spend time supporting ZooMontana

Gazette opinion: Spend time supporting ZooMontana

Winter is quieter than other seasons at ZooMontana. But zoo animals are active in the cold, and the staff is busy with exciting new ideas for the zoological and botanical park.

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Ozzy and Bruno

Ozzy and Bruno

Ozzy, right, and Bruno wrestle in their enclosure at ZooMontana Tuesday.

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Bear Buddies

Bear Buddies

Jeff the Nature Guy talks about Bruno and Ozzy, the two grizzly bears at ZooMontana, and how much they love to play.

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ZooMontana's Ozzy and Bruno on exhibit together

ZooMontana's Ozzy and Bruno on exhibit together

It started off with a stare, a nuzzle and a bear rolling flat on his back.

January 31, 2012 12:30 pm Photos

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ZooMontana's bear buddies

ZooMontana's bear buddies

ZooMontana introduces Ozzy, a wild caught grizzly bear, into the main bear exhibit with longtime resident Bruno. Both bears have been exhibited by themselves, and were first put together last week.

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Bruno and Ozzy wrestle in their enclosure

Bruno and Ozzy wrestle in their enclosure

Grizzly bears Bruno, bottom, and Ozzy wrestle in their enclosure at ZooMontana Tuesday.

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Bruno and Ozzy wrestle

Bruno and Ozzy wrestle

Grizzly bears Bruno, bottom, and Ozzy wrestle in their enclosure at ZooMontana Tuesday.

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Grizzly bears Bruno and Ozzy

Grizzly bears Bruno and Ozzy

Grizzly bears Bruno, left, and Ozzy play in their enclosure at ZooMontana Tuesday.

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Bruno goes up against giant pumpkin

Bruno goes up against giant pumpkin

Bruno the bear got a special treat Tuesday.

November 01, 2011 4:27 pm Photos

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Bruno

Bruno

"Bruno", a 680-pound grizzly bear licks honey off of a 300-pound pumpkin Tuesday at ZooMontana. It took three zoo staff members and a Bobcat to move the pumpkin into Bruno's habitat. After being filled with a few handfuls of food later, the giant pumpkin was almost ready to serve. The finish…

November 01, 2011 3:30 pmLoading…
Bruno and pumpkin

Bruno and pumpkin

”Bruno”, a 680 pound Grizzly bear puts his head inside a 300 pound pumpkin Tuesday at ZooMontana in Billings, Montana. Zoo keepers put food inside the big squash to see what the bear would do with it.

November 01, 2011 3:30 pmLoading…
Bruno the Bear

Bruno the Bear

ZooMontana's Bruno the Bear received a 300-pound pumpkin as a post-Halloween treat in 2011.

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Feature video: 600-pound bear vs. 300-pound pumpkin

Feature video: 600-pound bear vs. 300-pound pumpkin

"Bruno", a 680 pound Grizzly bear licks honey off of a 300 pound pumpkin Tuesday at ZooMontana in Billings, Montana. Zoo keepers put food inside the big squash to see what the bear would do with it.

November 01, 2011 2:21 pm Photos

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600-pound bear versus 300-pound pumpkin

600-pound bear versus 300-pound pumpkin

ZooMontana's Bruno the Bear received a 300-pound pumpkin as a post-Halloween treat.

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ZooMontana keepers watch over animal diets

ZooMontana keepers watch over animal diets

ZooMontana keeper Dani Flynn talks about the importance of diet to the animals she cares for, including the zoo's two bears, Bruno and Ozzie, who eat 11 pounds of fruits and vegetables per day.

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Feeding the bears

Feeding the bears

ZooMontana keeper Dani Flynn, 22, chops up 11 pounds of fruits and vegetables to feed the zoo's two resident bears, Bruno and Ozzie. Flynn was hired this year as one of two new keepers at the zoo; she started three weeks ago.

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New keepers find their place at ZooMontana

New keepers find their place at ZooMontana

Chopping up 11 pounds of fruits and vegetables for Bruno the bear is an important job at ZooMontana.

September 15, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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