Closeup of a cougar kitten looking at camera.
Smithsonian Networks

Most people don’t describe crawling into mountain lion dens in the middle of winter or exploring abandoned buildings littered with animal corpses by moonlight as a dream come true. But for one Montana filmmaker, those hair-raising moments were the opportunity of a lifetime.

Paradise Valley filmmaker Casey Anderson’s newest film “The Mountain Lion and Me” is debuting on the Smithsonian Channel Wednesday night. Anderson is best-known as a host and explorer on Nat Geo Wild. He joins us now to tell us about making his film.

Grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park.

Grizzly bears are beginning to emerge from hibernation and early risers are being spotted in the region.

Bison Protesters Banned From Yellowstone For 5 Years

Mar 12, 2018
Bison at the Stephens Creek Capture facility north of Yellowstone Park in 2015.
Jim Peaco (CC-BY-2)

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Three people who were arrested while protesting the slaughter of bison near Yellowstone National Park have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and are banned from the park for 5 years.

'Field Notes:' Great Horned Owls

Mar 12, 2018
Great horned owl watercolor.
Wenfei Tong

I was admiring a blanket of stars spread above Lake Como in Montana’s Bitterroot valley, when out of the stillness of the chill winter night came floating a deep, dignified, hoo-h’HOO-hoo-hoo.

There are few things more evocative of wildness in the northern woods than the hooting of great horned owls.

This week, Yellowstone National Park officials arrested two animal rights activists who were protesting a controversial, annual slaughter of some of the last free-roaming bison in the world.