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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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A Tale of Three Roads: Yellowstone Weighs Options for North Entrance

March 1, 2024 // NEWS: In Short

The North Entrance Road in Yellowstone sustained significant damage in June 2022 flooding
Severe flooding in June 2022 wiped out Yellowstone National Park’s North Entrance Road. The park built a temporary fix. Now officials seek public input for a permanent solution.
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GUEST LETTER: FWP Misses the Mark on Grizzly Delisting

February 28, 2024 // Guest Letter

Grizzly bears are facing the possibility of being delisted. Are the states ready?
Chris Servheen, former grizzly bear recovery coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and five wildlife experts say Montana isn't ready to remove grizzly bears from the Endangered Species List.
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Meet me in Fairyland

February 27, 2024 // OPINION: Essay

The "Totem Forest" of Fairyland Basin in all its magic
In his latest essay, MoJo contributor Todd Burritt examines nature, friendship and the enduring magic of Yellowstone's backcountry.
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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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Of Wolves and Wildness

February 15, 2024 // Photo Essay

Nature and a harsh reality of an ecosystem at work captured in photographs in Yellowstone National Park
In the wilds of Yellowstone, a photographer captured a mighty standoff, an illustration in imagery of the beauty and unforgiving reality of a cyclical ecosystem.
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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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The Heartbeat of Wild Places

February 4, 2024 // Feature story

Mountain King: If you lock eyes with this guy, you'll want some distance between you
Deep in the wildest terrain in the Rockies, a mysterious discovery tells the story of a battle between Montana's most lethal predators. And why we need them on the landscape.
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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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Forests of Immortal Stories

January 31, 2024 // OPINION: Essay

Old-growth forests, whether in large continuous stands or scattered pockets, have long found refuge in Greater Yellowstone
In her latest essay, MoJo columnist Susan Marsh writes how ancient trees draw human love in Greater Yellowstone and across the globe.
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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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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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