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Montana wolf population estimated at 900, gain of about 50
Wildlife officials say Montana had about 900 wolves in 2017, the 13th consecutive year the state exceeded its recovery goal

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Coachella Valley traffic stop yields crop theft arrest
Southern California authorities have taken a step toward squashing agricultural thefts plaguing the Coachella Valley farming communities of Thermal, Mecca and Oasis
Disputed pipeline backed by Trump is focus of court hearing
Environmentalists and Native American groups sued to stop the line.
Officials work to ensure existence of caribou population
Officials say the existence of the two southernmost populations of woodland caribou is in danger
Truck dumps 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers on highway
A semi-truck made in Washington state dumped about 40,000 pounds (more than 18,000 kilograms) of chicken feathers across Interstate 5.
Flooding spreads in eastern Montana as waters recede in west
Driving the widespread flooding is a combination of rainfall and melting snow.
Wyoming to vote on biggest grizzly hunt in lower 48 states
About 700 grizzlies now inhabit the region surrounding Yellowstone and Grand Teton, up from 136 in 1975.
Trump appears to raise new doubts about US-China trade deal
The prospect of an escalating trade war has shaken financial markets and alarmed business leaders.
Drought on tap to intensify over US Southwest
Farmers, ranchers and water planners are bracing for a much different situation than just a year ago.
North Dakota leads in honey production for 14th year
Honey production in North Dakota last year was down 11 percent from 2016, but the state still led the nation in production for a 14th straight year
Agencies warn of cougars following fatal attack on cyclist
Population growth in Oregon has brought more humans into contact with the big cats.