Today, the Blackfoot has become a popular trout stream after years of mining pollution was cleared up. The rails have been recycled and a new forest has grown up around the ancient stumps. Thousands of acres of private timberland owned by Plum Creek Timber Co. have been sold to The Nature Conservancy, which has transferred significant chunks to the federal Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service.
Now, nearly four decades after she first arrived in Montana from Minnesota and following years of non-wolf work, Diane Boyd has orbited back to her professional origins with her new role as wolf management and carnivore specialist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Region 1.
The report also looks at the impacts of using only non-lethal methods for dealing with problem wolves, and of the federal agency withdrawing from wolf damage management in Minnesota.
Two times in the last four years, hunters from the northern Pennsylvania camp have harvested 10 black bear.
Fish could face a potentially lethal problem in spillways at dams where increased nitrogen in the water can cause tissue-damaging gas bubble trauma.
The money comes from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment approved by Minnesota voters in 2008.
It pits bait shops blocked from importing the minnows and fisheries managers who say the ban is a critical defense against fish disease and invasive carp.
The focus once was almost totally wolves. Since 1993, the state has killed hundreds along with lesser numbers of black and grizzly bears that prey on caribou or moose calves.
Since coming under the protection of the Endangered Species Act, grizzlies have steadily expanded their habitat outward from the population’s core in Yellowstone National Park.
Dry weather reportedly tends to suppress the number of ticks. But a shot of moisture — along with warmer weather such as in February — can re-energize the tick world.
The logs, limbs and twigs are sold to city residents who want a touch of the Northwoods in their homes.
Instead of ending April 1, season runs to April 16 due to “unusually cold weather conditions.”
Ten states stepped in to support the decision: Michigan, South Dakota, Utah, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana and Wyoming.
There reportedly are fewer than 50 of the small birds in Arizona.
The legal action was among a number of lawsuits filed in September 2015 after federal officials opted not to list sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act but announced federal land-use restrictions. Environmental groups later filed lawsuits contending the restrictions designed to protect sage grouse habitat didn’t go far enough.
Biologists say some streams and brooks dried up and low water prevented fish from moving to colder habitat. The low water also made the fish more liable to be eaten by predators such as mink and otter.
In addition to weather, honeybees are also threatened by Varroa mites, pesticides, herbicides, loss of habitat and non-native flowers.
Would target solid waste ranging from plastic bits to fishing nets and even abandoned vessels that wash up on U.S. shores.
Biologists say the idea is to increase the harvest in portion of the herd to help control its numbers.
The agriculture department says its agents killed more than 11,200 feral hogs, mostly by air, last year.
Every March, in three study areas of the state, crews visit dens that the Pennsylvania Game Commission has identified. They give each new cub numbered ear tags and assess the health of the cubs and the mother.
The deal calls for trading 6,650 acres of federal land for a similar amount of private land. But attorney says it’s a bad deal for taxpayers.
Proposal would prohibit the harvest of forager foods without written permission or a bill of sale from the owner of the property.
Experts blame a warm winter and a large population of white-footed mice, which can carry the Lyme disease bacterium and spread it to ticks.
The “local boater” program will allow watercraft owners to complete educational training on aquatic invasive species and sign an agreement pledging only to use the boat at either Tiber or Canyon Ferry reservoir.
The idea behind these free fishing days is to give people who might not fish a chance to try it.