Outdoors

Working Dogs for Conservation
1:25 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Weed-sniffing dogs take their noses around the world for conservation efforts

Lily plays with her toy after finding the invasive weed Dyer's Woad. She's one of 8 Working Dogs for Conservation, a Missoula based non profit organization.
Credit Katrin Frye

Weed-sniffing dogs are being used as part of the state’s fight on noxious, invasive plants. Dogs and their trainers from the Missoula-based “Working Dogs for Conservation” are being drafted for various conservation-related services across the country, and the world.               

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Wolf Hunting
11:53 am
Thu July 11, 2013

FWP Commission approves more aggressive wolf season

Montana Wildlife Commissioners have voted unanimously to enact more aggressive hunting and trapping rules for the gray wolf. It’s part of an effort to reduce the predator’s population, which is still higher than state biologists want. This despite recent hunting seasons put in place after wolves were taken off the endangered species list a couple of years ago.

The new rules extend the hunting season, allow more wolves to be taken by individuals and allow the use of electronic calls.

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Tour Divide
4:19 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Riding the Continental Divide, Canada to Mexico

Chris Schuler of Switzerland preps for a ride in the rain as he leaves Whitefish as part of the Tour Divide race from Canada to Mexico.
Credit Katrin Frye

Flathead Reporter Katrin Frye catches up with some Tour Divide racers in Whitefish.

Bikers are braving wind, rain, snow, mountain passes and desert plateau's as part of the Tour Divide mountain bike race.

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Glacier Park Corridor Management
1:05 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Visitation is up in Glacier Park, and it's showing on the trail, and in the lack of bathrooms

Visitors on the Hidden Lake Trail at Logan Pass on July 13, 2011.
Credit flickr/GlacierNPS

Glacier National Park is working on a Road Corridor Management Plan to address some of the issues increased visitation is bringing to popular areas along the Going to the Sun Road and the trails that connect to it.

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River recreation
2:00 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Survey to study river recreation patterns

Credit Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Various agencies are teaming-up to research recreation patterns on the Blackfoot and Bitterroot Rivers.
     The study will be conducted by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service and the University of Montana.
     The point of the survey is to find out what river users like about our waterways and where they'd like to see some improvements made.

In this feature interview, F-W-P's Fishing Access Site Manager, Chet Crowser, says one thing is clear; people love our rivers and more of us are using them.

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bark beetle insecticide spraying
2:27 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF bark beetles not invited to the picnic

Spraying
Credit Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

As we recently told you, the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest will soon begin applying insecticides in popular recreation areas.

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Bear Education
2:12 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Be Bear Aware

Grizzly profile

The carcass of an adult male grizzly bear hit and killed by a car last spring near St. Ignatius is now being used to help teach the public about bears. Dale Manning is the professional taxidermist who transformed the animal's remains into a tool that will now be used to teach the public about bear avoidance techniques and the characteristics that differentiate grizzlies from black bears.

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Outdoors
4:23 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Bridge easement lawsuit could impact MT’s stream access law

Credit footloosiety/Flickr

A lawsuit concerning a bridge on a county road could lead to major impacts on Montana’s stream access law in a case pitting private property advocates against prominent public access groups.

The state Supreme Court is considering the lawsuit over easements now. Atlanta-based media mogul James Kennedy owns a sizable piece of property on the Ruby River. Several county bridges cross the river on his land and a district court judge found it legal for Kennedy to fence off access to the river on one of those bridges—because of the type of ‘prescriptive easement’ on the bridge.

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Bear research
3:46 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

If you count bears for a living, you might find yourself staring down a grizzly

Bear researcher Kate Kendall
Credit photo courtesy Kate Kendall

U.S.G.S. research ecologist Kate Kendall has been studying grizzly bears for over 30 years and done groundbreaking research into the grizzlies that live in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem.

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Wolf Hunting
5:15 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

FWP mulls more aggressive wolf hunting season

State wildlife officials have given initial approval to new, more aggressive wolf hunting rules for this year’s hunting season. The Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Commission is accepting public comment before taking a final vote on the proposal.

The new rules extend the wolf hunting season, allows more wolves to be taken by individuals and allows trappers to use bait. The proposed rules are drawing fresh criticism from wolf advocates.

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