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Edward O'Brien is Montana Public Radio's Associate News Director.

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Members of the Clark Fork River Task Force met in Missoula this week to discuss water supply and climate condition forecasts for this year.  In short the  hydrologists,  drought experts and others say the recent cool and wet spell has been an important counter-balance for the basin that's experienced several warm spells. Northwest Montana has plenty of moisture at the moment.  Southwest Montana - just like last year - is most at risk for dry conditions this summer. Edward O'Brien speaks with University of Montana School of Forestry and Conservation's Dr.

Be Bear Aware

May 24, 2013

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.

As we reported yesterday, Chronic Wasting Disease continues its push towards western Wyoming's winter elk feed-grounds and Yellowstone National Park. Tonight, Dr. Bruce Smith continues his discussion with Edward O'Brien with an explanation of why  CWD is so prevalent in states like Wyoming, while Montana - at least so far - remains unscathed.

Chronic Wasting Disease is creeping closer to western Wyoming's winter elk feed-grounds and Yellowstone National Park. A retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist says this is something the public and policy-makers must pay close attention to.

Dr. Bruce Smith is a former senior biologist at the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming and author of "Where Elk Roam: Conservation and Biopolitics of Our National Elk Herd."

In the first of our two-part interview, Smith -a resident of Sheridan, Montana-  explains to Edward O'Brien the basic science behind C.W.D.

Hundreds of Missoula high school students recently witnessed a mock scenario portraying teenagers involved in a devastating car crash; a crash caused by a drunk driver.
     The staged event portrayed everything that typically happens in its real-life equivalent.
     If you've been fortunate enough to have never been in a serious car accident, it was an eye-opening event. And that's just what organizers were hoping for.
     Edward O'Brien - along with hundreds of high school students at Loyola Field - was there and files this feature story...

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