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In this issue:

My Salmonid Search: An angler's quest to catch Montana's nine native coldwater species. Read more >>

Floating Flowers in the Sky: The challenge and importance of counting butterflies. Read more >>

In-Between Bears: Communities and FWP adapt as grizzlies spread into historic habitats. Read more >>

How Hot Is It? Essay.

Calming the Waters: How FWP game wardens keep people safe. Read more >>

The Fish and the Turbines: Balancing electrical power with the needs of native fish. Read more >>

On a Bat Safari: Tours at state parks and other sites across Montana introduce participants to a nighttime wildlife spectacle. Read more >>

Our Point of View: The Tension Serves Us All. Read more >>

Tasting Montana: Spicy Thai Fried Catfish Cakes.

FWP At Work: Jamie Jonkel, Bear Management Specialist, Missoula. Read more >>

Outdoors Report:

Sketchbook: I've Got This.

Outdoors Portrait: Ring-billed Gull.

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Still Turning Heads

An Upstream Struggle
: Two decades after the bull trout was listed as federally threatened, FWP and others continue working to conserve this sensitive salmonid in the face of warmer water, competing fish species, and degraded habitat.

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Natural World

Carnivorous Plants

Pretty Little Predators: Dragonflies are lovely to look at. Unless you’re a mosquito or other prey.


Pictograph Cave State Park

Standing for Montana: Strange stories of how the bitterroot, grizzly bear, mourning cloak butterfly, and Montana’s other state symbols came into existence.


Pictograph Cave State Park

Welcome to Montana Elk Hunting: Advice for residents and nonresidents on where to hunt, obtaining reliable information, and negotiating the licensing and permitting process.