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Jenny Gessaman

Jenny is a student reporter.

An adult female winter tick.
Griffin Dill / University of Maine Cooperative Extension

If you spend lots of time in the great outdoors, at one point or another you’ve likely encountered a tick. Certainly not the kind of animal encounter you we’re hoping for.

Aside from the unappealing thought of these creepy arachnids burrowing into your skin for a blood meal, in certain parts of the country different tick species can cause significant problems with the transmission of Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever or other diseases.

But there’s another species of tick that largely goes unnoticed by humans – the winter tick…also known as the moose tick.

A political newcomer from Stevensville filed for Montana’s U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, triggering a two-way Republican primary with incumbent Steve Daines.

Pile burning operations within the Marshall Woods project area, September 2019.
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A prescribed fire in Missoula’s Rattlesnake corridor is sending up plumes of smoke today.

An adult male grizzly bear eats from a chokecherry tree off Conrad Drive east of Kalispell, August 2019.
Courtesy Karen Sauer via Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks

The relocation of two grizzly bears in northwest Montana last week has the area on alert for increased bear activity heading into the fall.

A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks release says the agency captured a two-year-old male just east of Kalispell last Tuesday, and a two- to three-year-old female southwest of Whitefish Wednesday.

Two grizzly bears were moved to northwest Montana’s Cabinet Mountains in July 2019 as part of an ongoing effort to recover the area’s population.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Two grizzly bears were moved to northwest Montana’s Cabinet Mountains this month as part of an ongoing effort to recover the area’s population. The bears were released near Spar Lake on July 13 and 16, according to a Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks press release.

With almost a death a day, this June has been the deadliest in a decade for Montana roadways.

Northern pike
Courtesy Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks issued an emergency regulation Thursday requiring anglers to turn in any northern pike caught in Lake Mary Ronan.

Seven miles west of Flathead Lake, Lake Mary Ronan is a popular fishing site and a prized fishery for several species, including kokanee salmon, according to FWP’s Dillon Tabish.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is no longer considering using Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls to house unaccompanied migrant children from the southern border.