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Grizzly bear trapping begins the Gravelly, Madison ranges

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, part of the United States Geological Service, in conjunction with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, has started trapping grizzly bears in Southwest Montana for research. The IGBST started on June 13 with baiting and trapping operations in the Gravelly and Madison ranges in an effort to monitor grizzly populations in the Yellowstone ecosystem. Trapping will continue through July 31, according to a press release from the USGS.

MDT starts district-wide rumble strip project with Highway 84

On Friday, Oct. 16, the Montana Department of Transportation’s Butte district started the first stretch of a project, which will add center rumble strips to 625 miles of highway in Southwest Montana.

Mother Nature’s in control: A look at fire season

Fire season has always been at the mercy of Mother Nature, and this season is proving to be no different.

The state as a whole is seeing dryer, hotter summer temperatures than in previous years, but west of the continental divide has the worst conditions, according to Bob Hoenisch, incident meteorologist and fire weather program leader out of Great Falls.

Predator pressure – Grizzlies and wolves in Madison County

Grizzlies are a real concern for rancher John Anderson.

Anderson’s cows graze on state and Forest Service land at the South end of the Gravelly Mountain Range during the summer, and he believes there is a predator problem.