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Popular Yellowstone Wolf Falls To Montana Hunter

Nov 30, 2018
Gray wolf. File photo.
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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A Montana hunter has legally killed a wolf that was popular with photographers and wolf watchers in Yellowstone National Park.

Abby Nelson, of the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department, says everything was legitimate about the way the wolf known as 926F was taken last Saturday near Cooke City, Montana, outside the park. But she tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that it may a little bit harder for people to accept because the pack the wolf belonged to had showed signs of habituation.

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A Montana tribe has rejected an agreement with the Department of Agriculture that would allow the transfer of a small group of wild bison from Yellowstone National Park to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

Sen. Steve Daines speaking at a press conference in support of reauthorizing LWCF in Washington D.C. on Nov. 29, 2018.
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Sens. Steve Daines and Jon Tester threw their support behind an effort to revive the Land and Water Conservation Fund Thursday.

The fund expired in September. U.S. Senate and House attempts to permanently re-authorize it have languished since.

Hilary Cooley, the grizzly bear recovery coordinator for the Fish and Wildlife Service, presenting at an annual meeting on grizzlies in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, Nov. 20, 2018.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday it no longer plans to propose removing the population of grizzly bears in and around Glacier National Park from the endangered species list this year.

"We were on track to try and have a proposal, or at least have an evaluation of recovery and a potential proposal, out by the end of the calendar year," says Hilary Cooley, the grizzly bear recovery coordinator for the Fish and Wildlife Service, at an annual meeting Tuesday on grizzlies in what’s known as the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem, or NCDE. 

Yellowstone Superintendent Won't Consider Visitor Caps

Oct 23, 2018
Yellowstone National Park sign.
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The new superintendent of Yellowstone National Park said Tuesday he won't consider capping the number of visitors to the nation's first national park, which is on pace to attract more than 4 million visitors for the fourth consecutive year. 

In Missoula Friday, Montana’s Republican U.S. Senator, Steve Daines, said Senate leadership has committed to, “Put some kind of a package together of bills, public lands bills and conservation bills that we hope to move during the lame duck session. We’ll be back in session in the U.S. Senate on November 13 and we’ll have between then and the end of the year — which will be really the end of this Congress — to put something together.”

Grizzly Bear Attacks Hunter Near Yellowstone Park

Oct 15, 2018
Grizzly bear.
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A grizzly bear attacked an elk hunter who surprised the sow and her cub north of Yellowstone National Park, with the bear sinking her teeth into his arm and clawing his eye before another hunter drove her off, the victim recounted Monday.

Grizzly bear recovery zones.
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State, federal and tribal wildlife officials are figuring out what returning Yellowstone-area grizzly bears to the endangered species list means for managing other populations of the animal.

In Montana's Paradise Valley, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signs an order extending an Obama administration ban on new mining in the mountains north of Yellowstone National Park by 20 years, October 8, 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order yesterday extending an Obama administration ban on new mining in the mountains north of Yellowstone National Park by 20 years.

Zinke stood with this back to the Absarkoa Mountain Range, the peaks half hidden in clouds hanging low over the Paradise Valley, as he said some places should not be mined, even though he describes himself as “a pro-mining guy”.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has scheduled a visit next week to Montana, where he's expected to finalize a proposal to block new mining claims on the forested public lands just outside Yellowstone National Park.

Zinke, a former Montana congressman, plans to sign documents and make a "major announcement" about conservation on Monday in the Paradise Valley area, Zinke spokeswoman Heather Swift said Thursday.

Swift declined to give further details except to say it was an issue Zinke had been working on for years.

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