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PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2018 


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Public News Service - MT: Public Lands/Wilderness

There are about 700 grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park. (Jim Peaco/Yellowstone National Park)

MISSOULA, Mont. – Conservation and tribal groups are challenging removal of endangered-species protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears in court just days before hunting of the bears is set to begin in Idaho and Wyoming. Six cases alleging that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wrongly remo

Supporters of the Land and Water Conservation Fund say it's helped Montana's outdoor recreation economy at places such as Glacier National Park. (m01229/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – With less than two months before it expires, conservation groups are calling for permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund – a program that has received bipartisan support in the past. Montana has received nearly $600 million since the fund was c

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

Montana's national parks have nearly $220 million in deferred maintenance to be done. (dconvertini/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – A bill to address the crumbling infrastructure in America’s national parks is scheduled for a congressional hearing this week. The Restore Our Parks Act would provide up to $6.5 billion over the next five years to chip away at national parks' growing maintenance backlog

Montana's outdoor recreation is cited as one reason it has ranked as the top destination for business startups, four of the last five years. (Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management)

HELENA, Mont. – Montana's natural beauty is attracting technology companies, and perhaps even beginning to rival Silicon Valley. The high-tech sector is growing nine times faster than the rest of Montana's economy and earned $1.7 billion in revenue in 2017, according to a survey by the Montana

The Great Fire of 1910 in Montana and the Northwest changed the way the U.S. Forest Service managed fires. (National Photo Company/Library of Congress)

MISSOULA, Mont. – Another intense fire season is expected and just around the corner in Montana. Could the solution to severe fire years in the future actually be putting more burns on the landscape? Mark Finney, a research forester at the U.S. Forest Service's Missoula Fire Sciences Lab, sa

More than three-quarters of Montanans support national monuments such as the Upper Missouri River Breaks. (Bob Wick/BLM)

MISSOULA, Mont. – A new poll shows overwhelming bipartisan support for public lands in Montana. The University of Montana's Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone Initiative has released the results of its third biannual survey and found Montanans are backing public lands in even great

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

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