Montana Public Radio

Rosie Costain

Reporter

Rosie Costain is a former MTPR reporter.


  A couple of commercial guide and outfitter permits that have been dormant for several years are being re-activated on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.

Pearl Jam plays Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, MT, August 13, 2018.
Eric Whitney

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Band Pearl Jam played to a sold out Washington-Grizzly stadium in Missoula Monday night, but it was more than just a music show.

Nick Mott

Pearl Jam is hosting “Festival @ Griz Stadium” before its Rock2Vote concert Monday night.

Megan Fylling and William Blake try to identify a bird flitting through the trees in a part of the Rice Ridge burn area near Seeley Lake.
Rosie Costain

Salvage logging on a portion of the Rice Ridge Fire burn area near Seeley Lake is set to begin soon. The U.S. Forest Service is finalizing plans to log about 5,600 acres on the 160,000 acres that burned in the biggest wildfire Montana saw last summer.

I recently visited the salvage logging site, about half a mile drive outside Seeley Lake, with Megan Fylling and Willaim Blake. They’re avian biologists, Fylling is with the University of Montana Bird Ecology Lab and Blake at MPG Ranch.

Number of resident trips and spending to travel regions, 2017.
University of Montana Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research

Montanans spent more than $2.8 billion on in-state trips last year according to a new report from the University of Montana’s Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research.

The study looked at day and overnight trips for leisure, business, and other reasons that took people at least 50 miles away from their homes.

A Forest Service map shows just one of the road closures in the Seeley Lake Ranger District. Rice Ridge Road #720 is closed between Camp Creek Road #685 and Richmond Ridge Road #667.
U.S. Forest Service

The Seeley Lake Ranger District is continuing work on roads as a part of post-fire recovery projects, causing closures and construction delays in many areas.

White-tailed deer fawn.
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Now is the time of year when people can find themselves face to face with wildlife, including baby animals. It's not always clear what to do when you find one of these animals without their mother.

Women who attended an informational session about the Women's Giving Circle in June stand together for a group photo.
Rosie Costain

Women in Missoula are trying to figure out how to be more effective at giving money away. 

Jen Euell, director of the Women’s Foundation of Montana, thinks women giving together can have more impact than making charitable donations on their own.

“Anybody can give," Euell says, "but what’s exciting about this is the opportunity to give a little - maybe you don’t have a huge capacity to give yourself - but to be a part of a much larger impact than maybe you could make on your own.”

A bear warning sign.
Josh Burnham / Montana Public Radio

It’s been a busy spring for Montana wildlife officials dealing with bear incidents.

A grizzly bear died Monday after eating pesticides in an open garage in north-central Montana. State wildlife officials say the sub-adult female had been seen with a sibling in the area northwest of Great Falls in the days before it died. The 143-pound bear died within hours of ingesting the chemicals.

Grizzly bears vs. black bears.
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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks says a black bear hunter shot and killed a grizzly bear in the Swan Valley after misidentifying it in May. The male bear weighed 500 pounds and was about 18 years old.

The agency says a man from Pennsylvania told game wardens he mistakenly shot the bear on May 20 in the Piper Creek drainage during black bear hunting season. He had a black bear license.

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