Montana

Figures from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis indicate that Montana outpaces neighboring Wyoming when it comes to recreation economies. The Billings Gazette reports that using data from 2017, the analysis puts Montana’s total outdoor recreation value at $2.3 billion compared to $1.6 billion in Wyoming. This is the first national report to drill into…

A Montana landowner is suing the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service to halt the hunting of bison just outside Yellowstone National Park’. The complaint filed by Gardiner, Montana landowner Bonnie Lynn and Neighbors Against Bison Slaughter contends the agencies have failed to analyze the consequences of the hunt on private property owners and…

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Montana GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte fielded calls for better management of grizzly bears during a weekend visit to Montana’s Rocky Mountain Front. The Independent Record reports that ranchers, farmers and residents urged the pair on Saturday to consider allowing hunting because of grizzly attacks on livestock and occasionally people. All…

A Cody couple remains hospitalized after a two-car wreck Sept. 16 in Laurel left them in serious condition. Trey Tweddle and Haylie Stanger of Cody both remain at St. Vincent’s in Billings, with Tweddle in a coma in the ICU as of Monday, according to a GoFundMe page set up for them. Stanger suffered a…

The Beartooth Pass has closed in Wyoming for the season but remains open from Red Lodge to Montana’s border with its southern neighbor.  The Montana side of U.S. Highway 212 is expected to close sometime over the Columbus Day week, but adverse weather could lead to an earlier closure, according to the Montana Department of…

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Montana can’t ban political robocalls based on their content alone, marking the latest in a string of court decisions against U.S. states that attempt to restrict automated phone calls promoting political campaigns. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Montana’s law prohibiting…

Weather-permitting, the Beartooth Highway (US212) between Red Lodge, Montana, and Cooke City, Montana, will open May 24, 2019. The road, which closes each winter because of excessive snow and adverse winter conditions, typically opens by the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Snow levels vary and drifts can be as high as 26 feet in the…

More than 150 people have applied to sit on an advisory committee to come up with recommendations on how to manage Montana’s grizzly bears. Randy Arnold, a regional supervisor with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, tells The Missoulian the application process has been “flooded,” and the committee will probably consist of fewer than 20 people.…

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the shooting of a grizzly bear in Montana. The Independent Record reports that Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks says the bear was shot by a landowner near Augusta on April 13. Agency bear management specialist Mike Madel says in a press release there have been…

Wyoming’s governor says he has spoken with governors of neighboring states about the possibility of holding a grizzly summit. The Casper Star-Tribune reported Thursday that Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon says he met with the governors of Montana and Idaho to discuss convening a summit to address the growing population of grizzly bears in the northern…


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