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Judge sides with conservationists in sheep grazing dispute

Apr. 16, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday sided with conservation groups who said allowing domestic sheep to graze in a mountain range along the Idaho-Montana border as part of a government agriculture program could harm grizzly bears and other wildlife. Chief...

Montana man severely injured by bear near West Yellowstone

Apr. 16, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (AP) — A bear mauled a Montana man causing him severe injuries near a campground just west of Yellowstone National Park. The violent encounter happened Thursday afternoon in an area of timber near Bakers Hole Campground in the Custer Gallatin...

Judge strikes down initial approval for stalled Montana mine

Apr. 14, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge on Wednesday struck down the government’s approval of the first phase of a long-stalled copper and silver mine that would be constructed beneath a northwestern Montana wilderness. The decision against the Rock Creek Mine near Noxon...

Early arrival of warm weather means looking out for bears

Apr. 10, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — This year's early arrival of warm spring weather means it's time for Maine residents to take precautions to avoid run-ins with black bears. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said the bears are leaving their dens and looking for...

Officials: Yellowstone-area grizzly bear deaths up from 2019

Apr. 09, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana state report made public this week showed that grizzly bear deaths in parts of Yellowstone National Park increased last year and were higher than the 10-year average, wildlife officials said. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks bear...

Wildlife officials warn residents about emerging bears

Apr. 04, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island wildlife officials are reminding residents to remove potential food sources from their properties as black bears emerge from hibernation. Although rarely aggressive around people, bears can quickly become a nuisance if they identify...

Judge: US agency illegally paid for Colorado predator hunt

Mar. 31, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service illegally helped pay for a Colorado program to kill dozens of mountain lions and black bears in an experiment to determine if the predators were partly responsible for declining mule deer populations, a federal judge has ruled. ...

Scientists: Grizzlies expand turf but still need protection

Mar. 31, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Grizzly bears are slowly expanding the turf where they roam in parts of the northern Rocky Mountains but need continued protections, according to government scientists who concluded that no other areas of the country would be suitable for reintroducing the fearsome...

Human parents feel for mama bear trying to corral her cubs

Mar. 30, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

WINCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — A mother bear caught on video trying to coax four rambunctious cubs across a busy Connecticut road has parents across the internet nodding in sympathy. Hundreds of people responded to a 4-minute video of the bear's struggles on the Winchester...

Review: A bear's life tells the history of global warming

Mar. 29, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

“The Loneliest Polar Bear: A True Story of Survival and Peril on the Edge of a Warming World,” by Kale Williams (Crown) Nobody ever asked them if they wanted the job, but polar bears are the global symbols of climate change. That’s the jumping off point for Kale...