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The Buck’s T4 black bear hanging out in the bathroom.  PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID O’CONNOR/BUCK’S T4

Bear in the bathroom

Yellowstone grizzly bears are stocking up on food supplies and preparing to enter the next stage of life, which means they may be more visible. Bears consume a wide variety of sustenance throughout the year including army cutworm moths, whitebark pine nuts (WBP), ungulates and cutthroat trout.

A 2017 Gallatin Weed Pull with GISA. PHOTO COURTESY OF JENNIFER MOHLER

A look at noxious weeds nearby

Currently, the Montana Department of Agriculture lists 46 different species of noxious weeds found throughout the state. It is illegal, according to Montana State Law, for landowners to have noxious weeds on their property, and landowners are required to submit a weed management proposal for approval by local weed management districts.

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Many small steps and one giant leap

Rays of sunshine filtered through clouds to warm the earth on July 27 just as a community event set into motion. Shovels began tearing into the ground with glad cheers from participants as children, community members and organization leaders celebrated a tremendous fundraising push and monumental accomplishment for the Big Sky community.

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