Montana

New wolf killing laws prompt push to revive protections

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BILLINGS, Mont. — Wildlife advocates pressed the Biden administration on Wednesday to revive federal protections for gray wolves across the Northern Rockies after Republican...

Grim western fire season starts much drier than record 2020

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As bad as last year’s record-shattering fire season was, the western U.S. starts this year’s in even worse shape. ...

Wolves scare deer and reduce auto collisions 24%, study says

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WASHINGTON — Ecologist Rolf Peterson remembers driving remote stretches of road in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and seeing areas strewn with deer carcasses. But that...

Tennessee moves to the forefront with anti-transgender laws

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Conservative lawmakers nationwide introduced a flurry of anti-LGBTQ bills this year, but no state's political leaders have gone further than Tennessee...

Oklahoma bucks red-state trend, extends early voting

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OKLAHOMA CITY — On Election Day last year, state Rep. Jon Echols was mortified to see a 3 1/2-hour line to vote in his...

Forest Service delays logging project near Yellowstone park

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HELENA, Mont. — The U.S. Forest Service has delayed a proposed logging project just outside the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park that the agency...

Scientists urge restoration of federal gray wolf protections

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A group of scientists urged the Biden administration Thursday to restore legal protections for gray wolves, saying their removal earlier...

Fire officials aim to squelch blazes fast, avoid megafires

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BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. officials said Thursday that they will try to stamp out wildfires as quickly as possible this year as severe drought...

Democrats search for a strategy to combat GOP voting laws

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A small group of civil rights leaders gathered at Vice President Kamala Harris’ ceremonial office last week, discussing how to combat a wave of...

Montana landmarks named for Confederate leader questioned

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BILLINGS, Mont. — Multiple groups have asked the federal government to rename three Montana geographic features currently named after a Confederate Civil War leader...