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A large fire and plume of smoke burning down trees.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management / U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Increasingly intense wildfires that have scorched forests from California to Australia are stoking worry about long-term health impacts from smoke exposure in affected cities and towns.

The tribal seal for the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
Little Shell Tribe / Montana Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians

A Native American tribe in Montana has planned a celebration after recently gaining federal recognition.

Mule deer
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

City officials in Montana have suspended its culling of urban deer this fall and winter seasons amid budget cuts.

A mountain trail covered in snow.
West Central Montana Avalanche Center / West Central Montana Avalanche Center

Experts say an avalanche that killed two Montana snowmobilers was triggered when two riders tried to dig out a third whose snowmobile was stuck.

Democrat Whitney Williams and Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Gianforte led the fourth quarter fundraising in Montana's gubernatorial race.

Two mountain goats on a mountain
Tim Lumley / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Grand Teton National Park officials say an operation to kill mountain goats is beginning on Sunday.

Grizzly bear hiding in tall grass.
Ania Tuzel Photography / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Scientists have concluded that an annual elk hunt in Grand Teton National Park doesn't draw in and concentrate large numbers of grizzly bears.

Man surrounded by deep snow.
GNFAC / Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center

Gallatin National Forest officials are warning backcountry enthusiasts to take extra care after three snowmobilers escaped injury in a weekend avalanche near Big Sky.

Lincoln Chafee's headshot
Wikimedia Commons / Wikimedia Commons

Former Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee has filed to run for president as a Libertarian.

The superfund site is located in Anaconda, Montana.
Mark Halloway / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

The Trump administration is building up the biggest backlog in years of unfunded Superfund projects.