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Wolf Reintroduction
5:26 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Wolves A Source Of Wonder, Controversy 20 Years After Reintroduction

The first wolf arrives in Yellowstone at the Crystal Bench Pen (Mike Phillips-YNP Wolf Project Leader, Jim Evanoff-YNP, Molly Beattie- USFWS Director, Mike Finley-YNP Superintendent, Bruce Babbitt-Secretary of Interior)
Jim Peaco (CC-BY-2.0)

Monday marked the 20th anniversary of the arrival of 8 wolves into Yellowstone National Park. That event marked the beginning of the recovery effort for the grey wolf, a species that had been absent from the Northern Rockies for more than 70 years.

Several of the former National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials in the recovery effort met Sunday and Monday to reflect on the effort and consider the future of the grey wolf.

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2014 In Review
5:01 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

The Top Stories Of 2014 On MTPR

Replicas of artifacts found at the Anzick site, near Wilsall. the Montana Historical Society has the entire collection of original artifacts on display,
Credit Dan Boyce

With a new year just around the corner, it's time to look back at the year's big stories. Here are some of the most popular stories from 2014 on mtpr.org.

Ancient Human Remains Come From Montana Ancestor Of Most Native Americans

DNA evidence recovered from ancient human remains found in Montana is providing definitive answers to the origin of Native Americans.

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Hunting Violations
5:35 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Montana Lawmaker Takes Aim At Hunting Violations

Montana Representative Kelly Flynn
Credit Courtesy Montana Legislature

A state lawmaker says he wants to introduce legislation to address ongoing hunting violations in Montana. Republican state Representative Kelly Flynn lives near Townsend where a second so-called "crowd-shooting" incident took place last week.

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Hunting
5:26 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Second Elk 'Crowd Shooting' Incident of 2014 Reported

There’s been another “crowd shooting” incident involving a herd of elk in Montana.

Broadwater County Undersheriff Wynn Meehan says that on Thanksgiving day hundreds of elk near Townsend were hazed by trucks for at least five miles before getting boxed-in and fired on by dozens of Montanans. 

Some of the elk eventually split-off from the main herd, but were immediately pursued into adjacent private land near Highway 12.

Meehan says the trouble resumed first thing Friday morning:

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Hunting Ethics
5:23 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

'Crowd Shooting' Incident Near Helena

A “crowd-shooting” incident on the east side of Canyon Ferry Reservoir last weekend has opened a discussion about hunter ethics; specifically, when is it OK to shoot a game animal?

Justin Feddes says the shooting in the White's Gulch area outside Helena started at first light last Sunday morning.

"If I had to guess, I'd say probably around 30 elk were killed. Probably 18 - 20 bulls, the rest were probably cows. We had two wounded," said Feddes.

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Ethics
5:56 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Three Hunters Cited In Canyon Ferry Incident

A herd of elk rest in a valley.
Credit Flickr User Ian Sane CC-BY-2.0

Shooting into a large elk herd may not be illegal, but is it ethical?

Experts say, "not really."

But that's just what happened last weekend in the White's Gulch area on the east side of Canyon Ferry Reservoir outside Helena.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks Game Warden Justin Feddes says hunters spotted a herd of about 500 elk at first light on Sunday. Feddes reports they started shooting, which scattered the rest of the herd onto a mix of private and public lands.

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Bitterroot Elk Migration
4:56 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Biologists Track Bitterroot Elk Migration

A herd of elk gather in agricultural field.
Credit Flickr User Ian Sane CC-BY-2.0

It’s big game season in Montana, and hunters aren’t the only ones tracking the state’s elk herds. Wildlife biologists are currently studying the animals’ migration patterns in the Bitterroot Valley. They’re trying to understand why elk are spending more time on the valley floor. In this story, University of Montana Graduate Student, Nate Hegyi, follows the scientists as they use a helicopter to net, collar and release elk for a study that should provide some answers.

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Frank Church Wolves (part 1)
11:30 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Idaho officials want to eliminate two wolf packs in a popular wilderness area

Radio-collared wolf born in Idaho, later migrated to Montana
Credit Idaho Fish and Game

Should a state have the right to hire a professional to kill wolves in a federally designated wilderness area, to enhance the area's elk population for recreational hunters? 

As we reported yesterday, some conservation groups think not, and are suing federal and Idaho state officials over Idaho's plan to track and kill wolves from two packs in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho.

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