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Trumpeter Swans Released in Blackfoot River Valley
OVANDO, Mont. (AP) — Five yearling swans were released into a wetland near Ovando in an ongoing effort to reintroduce the birds to the Blackfoot River Valley of western Montana.
And the process is starting to pay off.
Wednesday's release marks the seventh year of an effort by the U...
Young Grizzly Bear Captured Near Ferndale
KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — State wildlife officials say a young grizzly bear caught grazing on lawns in a residential area near Ferndale has been released on the west side of Hungry Horse Reservoir.
Fish, Wildlife and Parks grizzly bear management specialist Tim Manley says the 2½-year-old …
Wildlife Group Sues for Bat-Disease Documents
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A wildlife advocacy group is suing the U.S. Forest Service for the release of documents that discuss the agency's plans to keep a disease that has already killed millions of bats in the U.S. and Canada from spreading to the Northern Rocky Mountains...
State Appeals Court Blocks on Bison Transfers
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana will appeal a district court ruling that blocks further transfers of bison out of Yellowstone National Park.
About 60 park bison were moved to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in March over the objections of some ranchers and eastern Montana officials...
Judge Blocks Helicopter Hazing of Wild Bison
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked Montana officials from using a helicopter to drive bison back into Yellowstone National Park.
U.S. District Judge Charles Lovell's temporary restraining order Monday follows arguments by wildlife advocates that federal and state officials ha…
FWP Commission Gives Initial OK to Wolf-Hunt Plan
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks commissioners have given their initial approval to the 2012 wolf-hunt proposal that would allow trapping and eliminate quotas.
After a nearly four-hour hearing Thursday in which more than 60 people spoke, the commissioners voted to put the p…
Yellowstone Bison Drive Begins as Cattle Return
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The annual effort to haze migrating wild bison back into Yellowstone National Park to make way for cattle is under way in southwest Montana.
Christian Mackay with the Montana Department of Livestock says workers began pushing about 270 bison into the on Wednesday...
Wyola Man Sentenced for Eagle Trafficking
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Wyola man has been sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to illegally trafficking dead eagles.
U.S. District Judge Jack Shanstrom sentenced 33-year-old Ernie Lemuel Stewart on Wednesday to 12 months and a day in prison and fined him $225...
Three Yellowstone Bison Captured; Hazing Next
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Government workers are set to begin hazing hundreds of wild bison back into Yellowstone National Park after capturing a small group of the animals for use in a birth control study.
Montana state veterinarian Marty Zaluski says 10 bull bison were captured Tuesday near West…

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