Bull elk

Bison usually get the bulk of the blame for spreading a livestock disease around the Yellowstone ecosystem. A new study turns that assumption on its ear. It says elk are spreading the disease at an increased rate.

Panel Rejects Move To Triple Wolf Harvest Near Yellowstone

May 12, 2016
Gray wolf. File photo.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (PD)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A proposal to triple the number of wolves that hunters and trappers can kill just outside Yellowstone National Park was rejected Thursday by Montana wildlife commissioners.

Wildlife managers had recommended increasing the 2016 wolf quota for a hunting district near Gardiner from two animals to six. Agency officials had cited complaints from hunters and outfitters that the predators were eating too many elk.

Montana Proposes To Triple Wolf Harvest Near Yellowstone

May 10, 2016
Wolf on the northern range of Yellowstone National Park.
Jim Peaco, National Park Service (PD)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials want to triple the number of gray wolves hunters and trappers can kill in an area bordering Yellowstone National Park, citing complaints the predators are eating too many elk wanted by hunters and outfitters.

Bull elk

Wildlife managers from 18 states with wild elk herds just wrapped up a two-day meeting in Missoula at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has determined that the animal seen chasing elk on Mount Jumbo last week was a domestic dog.

FWP: Feeding Wildlife Is Illegal And Dangerous

Jan 28, 2016
White-tailed deer.

State and tribal Wildlife managers are reminding Montanans that the supplemental feeding of game animals is illegal on private and state land on the Flathead Reservation, as well as off the reservation.

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Federal Highway Administration / Federal Highway Administration

A freight train plowed into a herd of elk just outside of East Helena late Wednesday night, killing at least 23 animals.

   Montana Rail Link called state game wardens to the scene early Thursday morning, where as many as 30 elk lay dead. The wardens said they were told the east-bound train was believed to be traveling at 60 mph when it collided with the animals near Spokane Creek Road. 

FWP Considers Other Ways To Recover Elk Herd Near Gardiner

Dec 11, 2015
Bull elk

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — State wildlife commissioners have agreed to consider ideas other than hunting restrictions to try to recover a dwindling elk herd near Gardiner.

Cow elk.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on proposed guidelines to establish additional elk hunting seasons, called "shoulder seasons". Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Quentin Kujala says they’d be used as a tool to reduce elk populations.


A panel of prominent scientists are meeting in Bozeman to talk about controlling brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone area, It’s the start of a year-long process to evaluate options for trying to control the disease.