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

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Scientists and others will gather in Yellowstone National Park for three days early next week to discuss what they know about the geothermal system in the Old Faithful area. The meeting will take place at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, and will be open to the public.

In this evening's feature story, Edward O'Brien speaks with Yellowstone National Park Geologist, Dr. Hank Heasler(that's pronounced HESS'-ler), about this conference and what scientists know - or perhaps more to the point - don't know about the Old Faithful area's geothermal system.

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.

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