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Why are bighorn and domestic sheep hanging out? Here's why we should care.

February 14, 2024 // NEWS: In Short

The bacteria M. ovi causes mild symptoms in domestic sheep, but can be fatal to bighorns
A respiratory illness common in domestic sheep can devastate wild bighorn sheep herds. In a quest to minimize transmission, a pair of MSU researchers is leading a study to identify how wild and domestic sheep interact.
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How Irrigation Harms (or Helps) Streamflows in the West

February 9, 2024 // NEWS: In Short

You can see all the wildlife Yellowstone offers when you visit the Yellowstone River delta
A new study used 35 years of data to qualify the impacts of irrigation on river basins across the western U.S. to better inform future management decisions. As it turns out, it’s complicated.
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Pair of wildlife diseases detected in Montana birds

February 2, 2024 // NEWS: In Short

Mourning doves and Eurasian collared doves are susceptible to the disease PPMV
Recent avian flu and pigeon paramyxovirus detections prompted FWP to issue a statement last month informing residents to be aware and diligent if they find dead birds.
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Wolves: Love Them or Hate Them?

January 24, 2024 // NEWS: In Short

A recent study indicates that tolerance for wolves in Montana has grown since 2012
Results from a recent survey by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the University of Montana finds growing tolerance toward wolves among state residents.
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2023 a ‘Good Food Year’ for Yellowstone Grizzlies

January 11, 2024 // NEWS: In Short

In October 2023, Grizzly Bear 566 weighed in at a whopping 716 pounds, three shy of the Greater Yellowstone record
Last fall, Grizzly 566 weighed in at a near record-breaking 700 pounds, Mountain Journal spoke with a grizzly expert for the latest in health and population trends for bears in Greater Yellowstone.
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The Future of Drought in Montana

January 5, 2024 // NEWS: In Short

A barren wheatfield in Malta, Montana, after it was raided by migratory grasshoppers that thrive in drought conditions
Following a three-year planning process, Montana released an updated Drought Management Plan, seeking to foster drought resilience in the state and recognizing climate change as a driving factor.
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Two Wyoming Elk Feedgrounds in Limbo Amid CWD Concerns

December 21, 2023 // NEWS: In Short

Wyoming Game and Fish manages 22 elk feedgrounds across the state
As Wyoming Game and Fish assesses the viability of two Wyoming elk feedgrounds, concerns over the spread of chronic wasting disease at forefront.
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BLM Bans Lethal ‘Cyanide Bombs’ Used to Kill Predators

December 14, 2023 // NEWS: In Short

The EPA authorizes various federal and state agencies to use M-44 cyanide devices to kill canids, including wolves and coyotes
The ban, in place on 245 million acres for a minimum of five years, comes after M-44 cyanide devices killed non-target species including domestic dogs and injured humans.
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Lethal Rotenone Plan Aims to Trade Wilderness Rainbows for Cutthroat

December 5, 2023 // NEWS: In Short

The plan to use rotenone would kill rainbow trout in Buffalo Creek to be replaced by cutthroat
After Custer Gallatin National Forest issued a decision to kill off rainbow trout with rotenone north of Yellowstone, a Montana group filed lawsuit against the Forest Service over plan to 'poison' Buffalo Creek.
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Will Wolverines be Listed Under Endangered Species Act?

November 21, 2023 // NEWS: In Short

The fate of the wolverine lies in the hands of the federal government
The U.S.  Fish and Wildlife Service will make a determination about listing Lower 48 wolverines by Nov. 27
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Montana unveils first wolf management plan update in 20 years

November 16, 2023 // NEWS: In Short

 The Montana Gray Wolf Conservation and Management Plan reflects changes in the wolf population over the past two decades
The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission reduced this year’s quota from 450 to 313 wolves following slight population decreases since 2020.
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Yellowstone, Montana Officials Disagree on Bison Management

November 13, 2023 // NEWS: In Short

As it turns out, bison don't know where invisible borders exist
Montana and Yellowstone National Park have disagreed for years about how to manage Yellowstone bison. Those tensions recently ratcheted up.
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Wildland Firefighters: Slash and Burn?

November 9, 2023 // NEWS: In Short

On November 17, federal wildland firefighters face a fiscal pay cliff, which could be "calamitous" for America's forests
As wildfires rage hotter and spread faster, federal wildland firefighters are facing a fiscal pay cliff on Nov. 17, and with it a potential 50 percent slash in workforce. 
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Ecosystem Engineers: Wyoming Beavers Deployed to Repair Wetlands

November 2, 2023 // NEWS: In Short

Beavers  are expert dam builders, and their industrious behavior helps repair eroded streambeds by trapping sediments and slowly raising water levels
In Wyoming, land managers are relocating ‘nuisance’ beavers to enhance riparian areas. Their dams can even curb wildfires.
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