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Mule deer.
USFWS (PD)

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Monday announced plans to expand hunting and fishing opportunities on 30 National Wildlife Refuges, including two in Montana.

Black bear
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A woman who reported a bear attack in a remote section of the Cabinet Mountains south of Libby earlier this week sustained serious injuries during her surprise defensive encounter with the animal, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Grizzly bear.
Flickr user Nathan Rupert (CC-BY-NC-ND-2)

Montana wildlife officials have captured a sub-adult male grizzly bear near McGregor Lake west of Marion in a culvert trap after it had been spotted frequenting residential areas. 

Grizzly bear and cubs.
PD

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Biologists will be conducting bear research in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks over the next couple of months.

The research is part of ongoing efforts to monitor the population of grizzly bears and black bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

From left, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees Kevin Shinn, Vanessa Fields and Bernardo Garza  field public questions at an open house about future National Bison Range management in Charlo May 10, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet

The National Bison Range near Charlo has a way of anchoring itself in local’s sense of where they come from and who they are now.

Dave Stipe remembers as a kid taking visitors out to the range to see the herd.

"We grew up in our hot lunches eating the buffalo, the deer and the elk from the bison range," Stipe says.

Now, as a Lake County Commissioner, Stipe is part of a group working alongside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to outline how the Range and a few nearby wildlife refuges will be managed in the future.

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