PNS Daily News - December 11, 2019 

U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in "bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moves forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moves forward in Appalachia; and someone's putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 

18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

MT Hunters, Got Pepper?

September 6, 2007

Montana hunters need to be prepared for some competition this season. Monica Fella with the Sierra Club Grizzly Bear Project encourages hunters to be well equipped and always carry bear pepper spray in the Big Sky backcountry.

"Bear pepper spray does not have to be aimed precisely, like a gun would have to be. Experts agree there is no better way to stop an attack by an aggressive grizzly."

Fella says grizzlies are in "eating machine" mode this time of year, trying to pack on as many pounds as possible before winter. They tend to be more aggressive in the fall, especially when they think there is competition for food.
Before heading out, Fella encourages sportsmen to call the local ranger district and ask about recent bear activity so those areas can be avoided. Successful hunters need to be aware that fresh kill can be a strong lure for a grizzly bear and plan accordingly.

"Field dress the carcass and get it out of there as quickly as possible. If a hunter would have a conflict over harvested big game, it's obviously not worth a confrontation."

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - MT