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Rosie Costain

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Rosie Costain is a former MTPR reporter.

Airedale Terrier puppy Hilda wanders across Gene Swanson's driveway. Swanson relies on Airedales to help prevent conflicts with grizzly bears at his ranch near Augusta, MT.
Rosie Costain / Montana Public Radio

Grizzly bear populations across the state are growing, as is talk about how to minimize human-bear conflict. A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks report released in April showed wildlife officials in northwest Montana received about 150 calls related to grizzly conflicts last year.

Some people, like residents of the Rocky Mountain Front, have dealt with the bears for a long time. MTPR's Rosie Costain reports on one of these conflict-reducing methods: dogs.

Lab results show a bald eagle that died in Glacier National Park in February died from lead poisoning.
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Recent lab results show a bald eagle that died in Glacier National Park in February died from lead poisoning. The news comes about two weeks after Yellowstone National Park reported a golden eagle found there in December also died from lead poisoning.

Citizen scientists watch for migrating raptors at Swiftcurrent Pass.
Jami Belt / National Park Service


Glacier National Park is looking for people to help study and monitor plant and animal species throughout the park.

Great Pasty Throwdown takes place in Butte, June 8, 2019.
National Center for Appropriate Technology


The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) is celebrating local food in Butte at the Summer Sosten Fest in June.

“The highlight of the Summer Sosten Fest is going to be the first annual Great Butte Pasty Throwdown,” says NCAT Executive Director Steve Thompson in a video posted on the Sosten Fest website.

Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2018
U.S. Census Bureau

New population numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday show that Gallatin County’s population has grown 25 percent since the 2010 census.

That’s far ahead of Madison County which had the next highest growth rate at 14 percent.

Voters at the Missoula County ballot drop-off center, May 23, 2017.
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio


Missoula County will be one of the first in Montana to test out a new statewide election law in its upcoming school and special district elections on May 7.

“It’s not really a change for the voters. It’s a change for the people who collect the ballots," says Missoula County Election Administrator Dayna Causby.

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Meagher County Commissioners signed an emergency declaration this afternoon due to a power outage that began this morning. County residents, like those in the town of White Sulphur Springs, have been without power since around 8 a.m.

A report released today by The Northern Plains Resource Council (NPRC) says a more thorough cleanup of the coal ash ponds at the Colstrip power plant will create more jobs and permanently stop groundwater contamination.
Northern Plains Resource Council

A report released today by The Northern Plains Resource Council (NPRC) says a more thorough cleanup of the coal ash ponds at the Colstrip power plant will create more jobs and permanently stop groundwater contamination.

Grizzly bear.
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Gov. Steve Bullock announced today he is forming a Grizzly Bear Advisory Council. The goal is to spur discussion on grizzly management, conservation, and recovery across the state.

Greg Lemon with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks says the new Council is a chance to rethink grizzly bear management in the face of changing populations.

The 42 International Wildlife Film Festival takes place April 13-19 in Missoula.
IWFF


The International Wildlife Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 42nd annual festival happening in Missoula this April.

“It’s the longest standing wildlife film festival in the country," says Carrie Richer, a festival co-producer. "It celebrates wildlife, it celebrates the environment, and it celebrates people’s relationship to wildlife through film.”

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