Environment & Science

Democratic state representative Jim Hamilton says the loss in funding affects local school districts, mental health and disability services in Gallatin County.
Nate Hegyi / YPR

Montana’s ongoing budget crisis has hit Gallatin County, where state Democrats say schools, mental health and disabilities services could all be affected.

"There may be another $60 to $70 million of lost revenue to the state per year," says state representative Jim Hamilton, a Bozeman Democrat.
Nate Hegyi / YPR

At a town hall meeting in Bozeman Tuesday, state Democrats said the GOP tax plan could worsen Montana’s budget woes.

grizzly bear
National Park Service / National Park Service

With the recent delisting of the Yellowstone-area grizzly bear, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming are contemplating a grizzly bear hunt. But on Monday, their neighbor to the north, British Columbia, announced it was immediately ending its own grizzly bear hunt.

Montana Standard

Hunters harvested at least 107 deer in Carbon County, Montana, over the weekend to kick off a special hunt to gather data on chronic wasting disease, or CWD, in south central Montana.

The deer brought to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ check station at Joliet during the first three days of the special season included 73 mule deer and 34 white-tailed deer. The season opened Friday, and will run through February 15, unless hunters fill a quota of 200 deer of each species before that date.

On Thursday, Montana Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte introduced legislation that would ban mining on public lands near the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park.
Nate Hegyi / YPR

Congress is one step closer to passing a ban on mining near Yellowstone National Park, but members of Montana’s delegation don’t agree on all aspects of the legislation. 

A red flag warning issued December 12th is the latest on record, says a National Weather Service official.
NOAA

When you think of winter in Montana, you think lots of snow, not wildfires. But on Tuesday the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the eastern and north-central part of the state. 

Mule deer
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Tags sold out quickly Monday morning for a special deer hunt to learn how far chronic wasting disease has spread in Montana. 

Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill buys his first tractor. It's a big deal for the family, but a necessary one to expand the operation Weston runs with his dad.


Senator Steve Daines
Senator Steve Daines

Republican Senator Steve Daines introduced legislation Thursday that would end wilderness study area protections for some federal lands in Montana. But conservation groups aren't happy. 

A bison is held in a hydraulic squeeze chute on the American Prairie Reserve near Malta. While handlers keep the corral as quiet and low-stress as possible, occassionally yearlings bash their noses or break horns.
Nate Hegyi / YPR

A sprawling, private nature reserve in northeastern Montana will host its first ever bison hunt early next year. But if you want to harvest a bison on the American Prairie Reserve, you either need to live near the reserve or be ready to pony up a lot of cash.  

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