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Every spring, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Craig Jourdonnais takes to the air to continue an effort that stretches clear back into the 1960s.

Over a two-week period – if the weather cooperates – he counts thousands of elk that are still hanging out on their winter ranges.

In fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, Joudonnais gathers the information used by the department to track population trends and set seasons.

A pair of fishermen take advantage of a nice day to cast a line in the Bitterroot River this week. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist …

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After an eventful day, Geoff and Karen Mahar were sitting down to a late dinner Saturday evening when their prayers were answered.

That morning, the couple had discovered that one of their sheep had been killed by a mountain lion at their home northwest of Hamilton.

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STEVENSVILLE - A herd of nearly 130 elk have found a new home along Ambrose Lane.

Craig Jourdonnais hopes they don't get too comfortable.

The elk have been inviting stares and stopping traffic along the road northeast of Stevensville since they first arrived more than a week ago to warily feed in small pastures in amongst nearby homes.

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