Environment & Science

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.

Yellowstone
Nate Hegyi / Yellowstone Public Radio

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.  

C-SPAN

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.

  

This program is a production of Inside Energy

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.

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