Surviving winter without the comforts of home

This young whitebark pine shows the classic shape of a tree brutalized by winter ice blast. The bottom branches are protected by the snow, but the upper branches are exposed and absorb the full force of the wind-driven ice, creating the narrow top. Terry Thomas / news@postregister.com

As the Christmas Day storm raged, I spent most of my day huddled inside. I ventured out long enough to fill the bird feeders and clear the driveway of snow three times, but mostly I just wanted to stay out of the sting of wind-propelled snow and ice crystals.

Montana eyes new way to count elusive cougars

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is working to develop a mountain lion management plan that will incorporate new monitoring techniques and computer population modeling as well as restructure the state into four large lion management units. Billings Gazette

BILLINGS, Mont. — One of the most elusive predators in Montana is on the verge of leaping into the digital age - mountain lions.

Orphaned cubs taste paradise, head back to wild

Mr. Cinnamon rollicked through a Cascade neighborhood last fall before he was caught by Idaho Fish and Game and sent to Snowdon Wildlife Sanctuary for the winter. He was released earlier this year at more than 100 pounds. This photo was taken in the Cascade neighborhood, when he took a nap 80 feet above the ground. Janell Carr / Special to the Idaho Statesman

MCCALL — Janell Carr first met Mr. Cinnamon when the black bear cub was eating out of her bird feeder in Cascade. She and her husband eventually startled the bear, who climbed 80 feet up a tree in their yard and took a nap.

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