The Billings Gazette - Recreation
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Land near Big Hole, Beaverhead river areas could be leased for fracking

Thousands of acres could be opened up to lease for oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracking in the Big Hole and Beaverhead river watersheds. Read more

A river runs into trouble: Clark Fork cleanup to resume, with challenges

After a hiatus of about two years, the state is getting back to work this fall on what some call the largest river restoration project in the country. Read more

Judge must reconsider whether Montana's arctic grayling should be protected

An appeals court on Friday told a judge to take another look at whether a Montana fish should be protected, saying that U.S. wildlife officials did not consider all environmental factors when it decided against designating the Arctic grayling as a threatened or endangered species. Read more

Invasive faucet snails found in Lake Frances

An invasive species monitoring crew has confirmed that nonnative faucet snails have been discovered in Lake Frances near Valier. Read more

Grizzly bear raids chicken coops, chases sheep in North Idaho

A young grizzly bear has been raiding chicken coops and chasing sheep in North Idaho. Read more