Environment & Science

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.
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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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When President Donald Trump announced big cuts to national monuments in Utah Monday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke also recommended Trump create three new monuments, including one in his home state of Montana. 

Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, the heavy, early-season snowstorm that dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of Montana in October means rancher Weston Merrill must start feeding his cows much earlier than expected.

  

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President Trump is traveling to Salt Lake City on Monday to announce he will downsize two of Utah’s national monuments, Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante.

That message is in line with recommendations from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.  Like Trump, Zinke favors boosting production of oil and gas resources on federal lands to create jobs and enhance the nation’s energy security.  At the same time, Zinke touts himself not only as an avid outdoorsman, but a follower of the conservation ideals of the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt.

Field Days: Unexpected Results

Nov 27, 2017
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill discovers tough choices he made this summer while coping with the worst drought in thirty years ended up giving him his best breeding season yet.


A crosscountry skier in Yellowstone National Park.
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On Tuesday, a coalition of business leaders called on the state’s congressional delegation to pass a ban on mining near Yellowstone National Park by the end of this year. While Montana’s senators and lone congressman all support a ban, passing a bill probably won’t happen by the coalition’s deadline.

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Most grizzly bears living near Yellowstone National park are bedding down for winter,  but the debate over the Trump administration removing Yellowstone grizzlies from the threatened species list earlier this year is not.

De-listing is being challenged in court, and for now, the grizzlies are being managed by the states. Wyoming is considering a potential grizzly bear hunt, and its wildlife management agency is holding a series of meetings to get public input on that. 

Sarah Brown

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill discusses his family's work to restore a 1920s era barn to calve in during the frigid central Montana Spring and to bring in much-needed revenue as an event center during the Summer and Fall.


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In this first episode of the new season of Field Days, we meet Weston Merrill, a young rancher in Buffalo, Montana, balancing life on the ranch with his growing family.

Field Days is a weekly audio diary following the day-to-day life of a Montana rancher, produced by Yellowstone Public Radio in collaboration with The Prairie Star newspaper. Theme music by John Kosel of the High Country Cowboys.

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