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Bull trout are a threatened species.
Joel Sartore/ National Geographic & Wade Fredenberg/ USFWS / USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act Thursday that it says will streamline efforts to protect species and habitat. Critics say the changes would severely erode the law.

Cattle.
PD.

The Montana Department of Livestock is moving forward with a plan to more than double the number of counties that require vaccinating cattle against brucellosis.

Montana Stockgrowers Association spokesperson Kori Anderson says, "The only concern we have as an organization is the financial implications that could go along with this expansion."

Snowshoe hare.
Nate Steiner (PD)

What is the most disgusting behavior that you have ever witnessed? My guess would be that it was something you saw a domestic pet or wild animal do. As humans, we do not often understand the seemingly bizarre and foreign behaviors that are carried out by the animals around us. Right here in the heart of the Rocky Mountains we are in the presence of an animal whose behavior would make any of us nauseated.

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust recently awarded $50,000 to the Vital Ground Foundation to support its Glen Willow conservation easement north of Choteau.
Herrera

A new conservation project intended to prevent grizzly bear conflicts along the Rocky Mountain Front is getting private funding to help it move forward.

The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust announced Tuesday that it recently awarded $50,000 to the Vital Ground Foundation to support its Glen Willow conservation easement north of Choteau.

A moose near Missoula, MT. Moose in Montana are some of the smallest moose in North America.
Josh Burnham

On a sunny June day, I was standing among a group of budding naturalists, sketching the bark of a cottonwood tree. Suddenly, I heard a series of quiet gasps and more than a few titters ripple through our small crowd. Someone had spotted a cow moose and her calf crossing the path just a few feet away from us. We all turned to watch them on their route to the Bitterroot River.

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