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New study reveals more about Yellowstone cougars

Here’s a pretty interesting article about Yellowstone National Park’s cougar population . . . Through DNA analysis of scat and hair, along with photographs and specially equipped GPS collars, researchers in Yellowstone National Park are acquiring new information about the … Continue reading

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Montana FWP to add new bureau to fight aquatic invasive species

In response to last year’s detection of invasive mussel larvae, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is adding a new bureau to fight aquatic invasive species. (By the way, they are also looking for additional aquatic invasive species inspection and laboratory … Continue reading

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Grizzly carcass-stealing doesn’t mean wolves kill more

Science is at its best when it produces unexpected results . . . Research that compared Yellowstone National Park grizzly bear and wolf interactions with those same animals in Sweden has produced a surprising finding: brown bear presence in both … Continue reading

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Behind the battle over public lands

Over at the Flathead Beacon, Tristan Scott has a lengthy, well-researched article on the public lands debate. Recommended reading . . . On Jan. 30, a lively crowd of more than 1,000 public land advocates packed the Capitol rotunda floor, … Continue reading

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Trumbull Creek conservation easement finalized

Congratulations to everyone, including the Stoltze company, who worked to make this happen . . . A $9.5 million, 7,068-acre conservation easement has been finalized for the Trumbull Creek area north of Columbia Falls, the Trust for Public Land and the … Continue reading

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Montana releases strategy to detect, contain and control invasive mussels

Montana has a plan to step up efforts to fight invasive mussels. Now, they need to get it funded . . . The Montana Mussel Response Team has released its $10.2 million strategy to combat the threat of invasive zebra … Continue reading

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Conservation groups ask Canadian government to halt proposed mines in Elk Valley drainage

Conditions in the Elk Valley, a little ways to the west, serve as a reminder of why it is so important to fight extractive industry in the transboundary Flathead watershed. . . . Last week the Canadian government charged Teck … Continue reading

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Rally for public lands draws 1000+

The Missoulian posted extensive coverage of yesterday’s rally for public lands in Helena, including a photo spread and videos . . . The Capitol rotunda played host to a raucous crowd of public land advocates Monday, many traveling from across … Continue reading

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U of M students head to Polebridge to learn about landscape, community

The Missoulian posted a story, with photo spread, on this year’s Polebridge Field Course. There are a few familiar names and faces . . . A snowshoe hare? A fox? A wolf, maybe? In snowshoes, the students tromped to the … Continue reading

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Multi-state wolverine monitoring project underway

Here’s a follow-up on last May’s announcement of a multi-state wolverine study . . . One of the rarest animals in Montana gets a fresh look as Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks reports new efforts to conserve the wolverine. Bob … Continue reading

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