Environment & Science

The search continues for dozens of bison reported missing from two holding pens at Yellowstone National Park. Authorities say the animals escaped when somebody used bolt cutters to open up a fence. Park officials are calling the incident a crime. 

 

Field Days: Pasture Rotation

Jan 22, 2018
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill reflects on the pasture rotation system he used for the first time this past summer.


Yellowstone National Park has opened a criminal investigation to determine how more than 50 of its bison escaped through a cut fence at a quarantine facility. Authorities say it appears somebody cut the fence with bolt cutters.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke calls the incident “devastating.”

Field Days: Antibiotics

Jan 17, 2018
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill prepares his pregnant cows and heifers for their ScourGuard shots and muses on the antimicrobial resistance debate.

  

Public Domain

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the Canada lynx may have recovered to the point where it could be delisted as a threatened species.

The elusive cat was listed as threatened nearly 20 years ago. But since then, Jennifer Strickland with the Fish and Wildlife Service says the federal government has done a good job of protecting and expanding Lynx-friendly habitat.

Field Days: Feeding Cows In The Cold

Jan 8, 2018
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, frigidly cold weather over the holidays has rancher Weston Merrill figuring out creative ways to feed his cows enough, but not too much.

  

Earth Network.news

The National Weather Service in Billings has selected drought and the resulting wildfire activity as the top weather event for 2017. It probably comes as no surprise to residents east of the Continental Divide.

NWS Meteorologist Tom Frieders said parts of Montana are still experiencing drought. He said at this time last year most of the state was in pretty good shape.

Field Days: Ranching By Smartphone

Jan 3, 2018
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, millennial rancher Weston Merrill uses his smartphone to collect data on the ranch he operates with his father.


USDA NRCS

While coal production is down nationwide, a new report says it still brings a lot of money to Montana. 

Coal
Kym Farnik / Flickr

One day after a beleaguered coal company’s stocks soared on news its Montana mine expansion project was approved by the federal government, the Interior Department now says that approval actually didn’t happen.

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