The bison are back: Bison could appear in Glacier soon

BY: - July 8, 2021

A herd of at least 75 or 85 bison may be released even within a year or so to land in the Chief Mountain area of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, with freedom to wander onto their native land, now Glacier National Park, according to the Buffalo Program of the Blackfeet Nation. “There’s no fences, no […]

Bear responsible for fatal Ovando attack remains elusive as more details around incident emerge

BY: - July 7, 2021

Campsites are closed until Sunday in Ovando as wildlife agents continue to search for the grizzly bear responsible for a fatal attack on a bicycle camper early Tuesday morning. In a news release Wednesday, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks said the bear initially awoke the bicycle camper — identified as Leah Davis Lokan, 65, of […]

Glacier reports 41 percent increase in visitors on Going-to-the-Sun Road

BY: - July 6, 2021

On opening day this year, the number of visitors to Glacier National Park’s Going-to-the-Sun Road soared compared to its 2019 season.  In a news release on Friday, the park said it saw a 41 percent increase in vehicles on the road compared to opening day in 2019, with the overall number of cars and trucks […]

UPDATED: 15 more Montana counties designated as natural disaster areas

BY: - July 6, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 15 more Montana counties as natural disaster counties as 91 percent of the state faces abnormally dry or extreme conditions, according to a pair of news releases put out by the Governor’s Office on Tuesday. As of Tuesday, the USDA had designated 31 of Montana’s 56 counties as […]

The long journey of water from Yellowstone geysers to the ocean

BY: - July 6, 2021

Yellowstone’s hot spring waters ultimately flow for thousands of miles before entering the ocean. But waters enter two different oceans—the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. There are numerous hot springs and a lot water flowing in Yellowstone, but what is the fate of the hot water erupted from Old Faithful Geyser, for example? Where does that water […]

Montana is the most patriotic state, study finds

BY: - July 4, 2021

Call it the “Cheers” effect. That may be one of the best reasons to explain that the average Montanan is more patriotic than most. It is a place where, it seems, everyone knows your name — just like the theme song to popular 1980s sitcom said. Last week, WalletHub published a study that ranked all […]

Yellowstone National Park enacts fire restrictions

BY: - July 1, 2021

Effective immediately, Yellowstone National Park officials have declared the fire danger level “very high.” Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect until further notice. Those restrictions include: Backcountry and trails Prohibited: Charcoal or wood fire campfires in the backcountry, including those in established fire rings. Prohibited: Smoking in the backcountry and on all trails, except immediately adjacent […]

Yellowstone shares top ten tips for visiting the park this Fourth of July

BY: - June 30, 2021

Leave the fireworks at home. That’s one of the top things to know to recreate responsibly and safely in Yellowstone National Park this Fourth of July, the park said Wednesday in a news release: Most park camping and lodging is reserved and full. No camping or overnight vehicle parking is allowed in pullouts, parking areas, picnic grounds […]

As pandemic eases, seniors need more strength and rehab

BY: - June 29, 2021

Ronald Lundquist, 87, has been active all his life. So, he wasn’t prepared for what happened when he stopped going out during the coronavirus pandemic and spent most of his time, inactive, at home. “I found it hard to get up and get out of bed,” said Lundquist, who lives with his wife of 67 […]

Vaccination rates vary among counties, but challenges are similar

BY: - June 27, 2021

Garfield County counted the lowest coronavirus vaccination rate in Montana this week, with just 21 percent of the population fully vaccinated, according to data from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. Tied at second lowest, Powder River and McCone counties weren’t too far ahead at 23 percent. On the other end of […]

Short-term rental issues plague Island Park, near Yellowstone

BY: - June 26, 2021

Picturesque views and endless supply of outdoor recreational opportunities have always attracted visitors to the West — tourists and new residents alike. But the dynamic changed in the past decade, with the rise of third-party rental websites like Airbnb, VRBO and Vacasa. These short-term rentals and vacation homes opened up lodging to more visitors in […]

Conservation groups threaten lawsuit against State if wolf trapping and snaring laws remain unchanged

BY: - June 23, 2021

A handful of groups is threatening legal action against the state if it does not revise recently passed legislation that makes it easier to hunt gray wolves in the state, saying the new laws would violate the Endangered Species Act by leading to the accidental taking of federally protected species. The letter of intent to […]