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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.

Somewhere between hunting for gold in Latin America as a geologist and getting married to a new husband, thirty-three-year-old Susan Purvis loses her way.

Susan comes to believe that a puppy and working on ski patrol at the last great ski town in Colorado will improve her life. When she learns about avalanches that bury people without warning, she challenges herself: “What if I teach a dog to save lives?” This quest propels her to train the best possible search dog, vowing to never leave anyone behind.

Can Do: Making A Product Good Enough For Your Dog

Nov 30, 2018
Spencer Williams, founder and CEO of West Paw, based in Bozeman, MT. Nov. 27, 2018
LinkedIn profile

Spencer Williams, founder of West Paw, was just 23 years old when he began manufacturing pet toys in Bozeman, Montana. The newly-minted entrepreneur reveled in the chance to try out new, untested strategies, which in turn fueled his entrepreneurial drive. “That’s what gets me excited about business,” Williams says.

In the 22 years since, Williams has stuck by another founding motivation for getting into business: positively impacting his community by hiring employees locally and making a difference in their lives.

Today on “Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs,” host Arnie Sherman and Williams talk about how you get multiple returns when your end consumer doesn’t have a wallet or a credit card – and is covered in fur. 

Cause Of Statewide Canine Respiratory Disease Still Unknown
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The Department of Livestock and local veterinarians are monitoring an outbreak of severe canine respiratory disease in Montana.

Veterinarians in Bozeman, Livingston, Billings, Butte, Big Timber, Roundup and Red Lodge have reported seeing dogs with coughing, difficulty breathing and fever.

Field Trip

by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen

Wendy Lamb Books 2015

Gary Paulsen first teamed up with his son Jim Paulsen to write Road Trip in 2013, in which teenage Ben Duffy and his father head off on a road trip with the family dog, Atticus to rescue a border collie. The rescued pup, Conor, joins the crew in this companion book, which takes place as Ben is trying to convince his parents to let him go to boarding school at a hockey academy.

Author Dorothy Patent has written lots of books and several of them are about working dogs:  Dogs on DutyThe Right Dog For  the Job, and Super Sniffers.

Tune in on Wednesday, September 10, at 4:00 p.m. to hear Dorothy talk about her books and writing process.

Edward O'Brien

A second grade exercise in persuasive letter writing led to an official reminder from Missoula authorities today: leash your dogs and - oh yeah - don't forget to pick up their poop, too.

Edward O'Brien has more:

The Missoula County Sheriff's office has contacted the hunter who accidentally shot a dog in the Lee Creek area near Lolo Pass last Sunday, and have determined there was no crime committed. The hunter has said he thought he was shooting a wolf, but instead killed one of three malamutes owned by Layne Spence, who had taken his dogs along for a cross-country ski outing. Missoula County sheriff's spokeswoman Paige Pavalone says after interviewing the hunter, and the dog's owner, they have determined no violation was committed.