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Blair Miller

Blair Miller

Blair Miller is a reporter based in Helena, Montana, who primarily covers government, climate and courts. He's been a journalist for more than 12 years, previously based in Denver, Albuquerque and mid-Missouri.

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First documented cases of highly contagious bird flu identified in 3 Montana grizzlies

By: - January 18, 2023

Three juvenile grizzly bears in Montana were euthanized after they tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza, or HPAI, last fall in what the state says were the first documented cases of the virus in grizzly bears, according to a news release from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. The bears were euthanized because they were […]

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Bills tweaking Montana aerial hunting laws meet hurdles in initial hearings

By: - January 16, 2023

Ranchers losing cattle and sheep to coyotes and foxes want to be able to hire out-of-state aerial hunters statewide to protect their livestock, and the state would like to be sure drones can’t be used to spot or hunt game in Montana, according to two bills that saw their first committee hearings at the Montana […]

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Gov. Gianforte directs Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to develop new wolf management plan

By: - January 16, 2023

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte on Thursday ordered Fish, Wildlife and Parks to develop a new state wolf management plan, which the department believes it can finish by the end of the year. “Given the public and Legislature’s engagement in wolf management, it is an appropriate time to revisit the Wolf Plan,” Gianforte wrote to Fish, […]