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PNS Daily Newscast - March 21, 2019 


The nation’s acting Defense Secretary is under investigation for promoting Boeing, his former employer. Also on the Thursday rundown: The Trump administration’s spending blueprint being called a “bully budget.” Plus, a call for the feds to protect consumers from abusive lenders.

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Concern is growing that artificially feeding elk on the National Elk Refuge could become a catalyst for chronic wasting disease in the Mountain West. (Diane Borgreen/USFWS)

HELENA, Mont. - With the threat of chronic wasting disease spreading, conservation groups are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to jump-start a process to phase out supplemental elk feeding. The agency's decade-old commitment to phase out artificial feeding in Wyoming's National Elk Refuge h

There were 65 reported grizzly bear deaths in 2018. (H. Michael Miley/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – After a record number of grizzly bear deaths in 2018, groups are calling for an update to a decade-old report on conflict prevention. Six conservation groups have sent a letter to the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee's Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee. They're urging me

A conference in Lewistown this week is looking at issues such as conflict-reduction practices between agricultural producers and wildlife. (Venture West Ranches/Flickr)

LEWISTOWN, Mont. – How can Montanans live alongside the state's wildlife? That's the question being explored at a conference this week in Lewistown. The first Living with Wildlife conference, sponsored by the National Geographic Society and organized by American Prairie Reserve, is bringin

A wildlife biologist says wolves and other large predators have an innate ability to find diseased prey in herds. (Tupulak/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Could wolves and other large predators be border guards in the fight against Chronic Wasting Disease? One biologist believes so, as CWD, an infectious neurological disease that affects deer, elk and moose populations, spreads in the Mountain West. Biologist Gary Wolfe, a fo

Up to 10 male grizzly bears and one female grizzly could be hunted this fall in Wyoming. (Jim Peaco/Yellowstone National Park)

HELENA, Mont. – Conservation groups are asking Wyoming officials to cancel this fall's grizzly bear trophy hunt after four newly reported bear deaths from 2017. In a letter to the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, the groups say the deaths mean the state needs to readjust its hunting quota. W

One more female and male grizzly bear could be killed during Wyoming's hunting season this fall because of a transfer from Montana. (Neal Herbert/Yellowstone National Park)

HELENA, Mont. - Conservation groups say Montana is sharing its grizzly bear mortality quota so that more bears can be killed in Wyoming's proposed hunt this fall, despite Montana's decision not to allow a grizzly hunt this year and its stated commitment not to transfer the mortality figures to other

There are about 700 grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. (Pat (Cletch) Williams/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – This week is National Park Week, and one of the greatest attractions to parks is the wildlife. There's one animal, in particular, many park-goers would love to have the chance to see: the grizzly bear. But since they were taken off the Endangered Species list last year and Wyom

No longer protected as an endangered species, Wyoming has proposed allowing grizzly bear hunts this fall. Montana declined to do the same. (Ellie Attebery/Flickr)

MISSOULA, Mont. – The Trump administration is in court in Montana today, trying to delay groups that are challenging its decision to strip endangered-species protections from Yellowstone grizzly bears. The hearing comes after another federal court ruled that endangered Great Lakes wolves can'

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