An archery hunter was attacked by a grizzly bear Saturday near Gardiner, sustaining wounds to his arm and face.

The hunter and his partner were in the Beattie Gulch area and surprised a sow and cub at very close range. The sow charged and attacked the lead hunter and the partner used bear spray to stop the attack. The bear turned its attention to the partner, who sprayed it again, and the two bears fled the area. The bear’s response was normal given that it was a sow with a cub and the encounter happened at very close range.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announces a $837,000 grant to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to combat invasive mussels in Montana. These grant funds will be used to improve inspection/decontamination stations; provide campsites for inspection staff; purchase inspection and decontamination equipment, materials and supplies, outreach materials, storage sheds, and shelters; and also provide for sampling and analysis.

Fergus County Senior receiver Tanner Trafton has been a star on and off the field for the Golden Eagles. Trafton was one of the top targets in Montana for both Montana and Montana State football programs. In the end, Trafton has announced he will continue his academic and football career at Montana State.

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has approved the ice fishing contests for the 2018-19 season. Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits.

Feeling strong?

Recently, I watched a Cooper’s hawk take off from a rural, gravel road, clutching a dead meadowlark in its talons.

An adult Cooper’s hawk might weigh 1 pound. An adult meadowlark probably tips the scale at 3 ounces.

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