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  • Hunters have been locked out of some favorite spots by landowners blocking access to public land beyond their property. “I’m just trying to access public lands,” says Kyle Newmiller of a spot in the Crazies. “You know—national forest. ... They’ve got their own mountain land—they don’t need our public land on top of that.”
  • Locked out
  • Hunters have been locked out of some favorite...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Apr 1, 2015
  • Paul Hansen allowed access to public lands through his Montana ranch until the costs became too high. He eventually sold public easements to his ranch roads to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
  • Locked out
  • Paul Hansen allowed access to public lands through...
  • photo courtesy of Marshall Swearingen
  • Apr 1, 2015
  • Montana-style humor marks a private property boundary.
  • Locked out
  • Montana-style humor marks a private property boundary.
  • photo courtesy Public Land/Water Access Association
  • Apr 1, 2015
  • A pair of bills from Montana’s Indian Caucus aimed at bolstering tribal language preservation have recently gained traction in the legislature. The lack of progress on other bills, however, continues to frustrate caucus members and fuel complaints of race-based devaluation.
  • Uphill battle
  • A pair of bills from Montana’s Indian Caucus...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Apr 1, 2015
  • Locked out
  • photo courtesy of Marshall Swearingen
  • Apr 1, 2015
  • More than a dozen conflicts involving private landowners gating off traditional access routes to public lands have flared up in recent years, including high-profile disputes in the Crazy Mountains in southwest Montana.
  • Locked out
  • More than a dozen conflicts involving private landowners...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Apr 1, 2015
  • Inside the training lab, Munster demonstrates how he handles samples.
  • Far from over
  • Inside the training lab, Munster demonstrates how he...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Mar 25, 2015
  • The hammer-headed fruit bat is one of Africa’s largest, with a three-foot wingspan.
  • Far from over
  • The hammer-headed fruit bat is one of Africa’s...
  • photo courtesy of NIAID/WCS
  • Mar 25, 2015
  • Weeks of unseasonably warm weather in western Montana have forced ski areas like Whitefish Mountain Resort to cope with exposed grass and rock, reduced skier visits and even partial closures.
  • Snowless in Montana
  • Weeks of unseasonably warm weather in western Montana...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Mar 25, 2015
  • As Fort Missoula Regional Park moves from concept to reality, a plan to add a 300-car parking lot adjacent to Big Sky High School’s agriculture program center has drawn criticism.
  • Cars for cows
  • As Fort Missoula Regional Park moves from concept...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Mar 25, 2015
  • Dr. George Risi, back row, and a team of American clinicians pose with Sierra Leone orphans whose parents died of Ebola.
  • Far from over
  • Dr. George Risi, back row, and a team...
  • photo courtesy of David Porembka
  • Mar 25, 2015
  • Ecologist-investigator Dr. Vincent Munster wears a protective suit in the training laboratory that’s similar to the kind worn inside the highly secure BSL 4 lab.
  • Far from over
  • Ecologist-investigator Dr. Vincent Munster wears a protective suit...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Mar 25, 2015
  • Munster, right, and a colleague take a blood sample from a hammer-headed fruit bat in the Republic of the Congo. The hammer-headed bat is believed to be a natural host for Ebola virus.
  • Far from over
  • Munster, right, and a colleague take a blood...
  • photo courtesy of NIAID/WCS
  • Mar 25, 2015
  • Vincent Munster discusses his work studying bats in Ebola in a conference room at Rocky Mountain Laboratories.
  • Far from over
  • Vincent Munster discusses his work studying bats in...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Mar 25, 2015
  • Munster and his team visit the Congo a few times each year to trap and study bats.
  • Far from over
  • Munster and his team visit the Congo a...
  • photo courtesy of NIAID/WCS
  • Mar 25, 2015
  • Alexander Patrick plays guitar at the Buffalo Bridge camp-fire after a full day of scraping hides and chopping firewood.
  • The Scavengers
  • Alexander Patrick plays guitar at the Buffalo Bridge...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Mar 19, 2015
  • A pair of Yellowstone bison lounge beside the road between Mammoth Hot Springs and Lamar Valley. Unseasonably warm weather and high elevation snowmelt this year allowed the bison to migrate back into the park early.
  • The Scavengers
  • A pair of Yellowstone bison lounge beside the...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Mar 19, 2015
  • Qwalen Berntsen, left, and Alexander Patrick try to soften a hide by rubbing it quickly back and forth over a metal blade on a post.
  • The Scavengers
  • Qwalen Berntsen, left, and Alexander Patrick try to...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Mar 19, 2015
  • Inside the wall tent, Harmony Cronin, right, eats fresh elk liver while Katie Russell mends holes in a hide with 
artificial sinew.
  • The Scavengers
  • Inside the wall tent, Harmony Cronin, right, eats...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Mar 19, 2015
  • Gilles Gemberling poses beneath a bison hide he received from Buffalo Bridge founder Katie Russell after Russell’s first scavenging trip to Gardiner.
  • The Scavengers
  • Gilles Gemberling poses beneath a bison hide he...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Mar 19, 2015
  • Russell uses the teeth of a young bison’s lower jaw to soften a brain-tanned hide.
  • The Scavengers
  • Russell uses the teeth of a young bison’s...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Mar 19, 2015
  • Newly appointed Councilman Patrick Weasel Head says he hopes to give voice to the marginalized populations he’s encountered through volunteer work with Meals on Wheels and other local nonprofits.
  • Seeing the invisible
  • Newly appointed Councilman Patrick Weasel Head says he...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Mar 19, 2015
  • Buffalo Bridge attempts to 
use every facet of the animal to make, among other things, clothing, satchels, blankets and hats.
  • The Scavengers
  • Buffalo Bridge attempts to use every facet of...
  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters
  • Mar 19, 2015

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