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The Short and Imperiled Life of Bees

May 21, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

Once common in North America, the western bumble bee has seen a 57 percent decline, and is being considered for protection as an endangered species
Critical to healthy ecosystems, pollinators including bees and butterflies face numerous threats in Greater Yellowstone and beyond.
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Can a Groundwater Recharge Program Save Teton Valley's Farmers?

April 8, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

The aquifer in Idaho's Teton Valley has been diminishing for years. One local group is hoping to change its trajectory.
In Teton Valley, Idaho, where water is as precious as its native trout, irrigators and environmental groups have teamed up to recharge the area’s diminishing aquifer. In the process, they want to do something novel: find someone to pay farmers for the effort.
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If Grizzlies Delisted, Here's What Montana Plans to do

April 3, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

Montana FWP says not much will change in terms of grizzly bear management. Not everyone agrees.
Is the Treasure State’s proposed Grizzly Bear Management Plan really a grizzly hunting plan?
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Wolves: Taking Aim from the Air

March 28, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

Aerial wolf gunning is a practice used to manage wolves in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Conservation groups are pushing back.
Conservation orgs are battling the aerial shooting of wolves, coyotes and foxes on Idaho public lands. Now they’ve submitted a petition to the U.S. Forest Service to ban the practice. Will the feds listen?
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Wyoming Legislative Session Brings Conservation ‘Wins and Losses’

March 21, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

The 640-acre Kelly Parcel was slated for public auction before the action was postponed in December amid public outcry
Conservation organizations celebrated an amendment to the state budget authorizing land managers to sell the Kelly Parcel to the National Park Service for $100 million. Some bills are more worrisome.
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As Park County Booms, Locals Look to Retain Way of Life

March 8, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

Strength in numbers: Park County residents show support for county growth policy
Group launches new campaign in support of retaining growth policy in the face of efforts to repeal.
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The Complex and Confounding Task of Wrangling America’s Wild Horses

March 7, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

Summer thunder: the McCullough Peaks herd on the move
As management agencies wrangle with wild horse management, advocates, nonprofits and the general public are pushing back.
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The Gray Wolf and a Dogged Pursuit

March 4, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

Last month, the Western Environmental Law Center filed an intent to sue after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declined to relist wolves as endangered
A coalition of Western environmentalists seeks renewed endangered species status for western gray wolves.
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As Wildfire Season Looms, Firefighters Battle Low Pay and Low Snow

February 20, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

Wildland firefighters on their commute to the office
The Wildland Firefighter Paycheck Protection Act could permanently raise federal firefighter salaries. But even if Congress can pass it, the proposed legislation still isn’t a perfect fix. 
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Premiere of the Queen

February 15, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

As a 25-year-old mother in 2020, Grizzly 399 emerged from hibernation with four cubs
Grizzly 399 is the most famous bear in the world. The new film, 399: Queen of the Tetons, makes its world premiere at Missoula’s Documentary Film Festival on Feb. 16
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Montana Files Intent to Sue Over Listing Wolverines Under ESA

January 29, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

Wolverines were listed as "threatened" last November. Now, Montana plans to sue.
The 15-page letter of intent to sue US Fish and Wildlife Service comes on heels of November 2023 decision to list wolverines as ‘threatened.’
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Call of the Mild

January 23, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

Need snow? An unseasonably warm and dry winter thus far has left Greater Yellowstone thirsty
With regional snowpack at record lows and average temperatures well above normal, how are local wildlife coping with the unusual winter?
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50 Years: How the Endangered Species Act Influenced Greater Yellowstone

January 2, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

Bald eagles were finally listed under the ESA in 1978
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, Mountain Journal looks at the landmark legislation’s impact on some of Greater Yellowstone’s keystone species.
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Guardrails on Growth in Paradise

December 18, 2023 // NEWS: Dispatch

The Absaroka range rises in the distance above Livingston, Montana
As land-use conflicts near a tipping point in Paradise Valley and surrounding locales, Park County Commissioners vote to update the county's Growth Policy
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