We thought that this was pretty cute, so we’re sharing. NPR.org says… the 2016 finalists for the second annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced, and they are predictably delightful. A grinning owl. A fish slapping a bear in the face. An unfortunate interaction between a buffalo and a bird. At least two eagles with very little dignity. Click through the slideshow for a selection of the finalists. See all the photos here.
The Hungry Horse News reports that MudMan Burgers in Columbia Falls recently had its soft opening, and to say it was a success is an understatement. “It was the soft opening, but that did not stop the public from breaking down the door,” said manager Jordan Cole. Read the full story here.
The Flathead Beacon reports that managers caught a 2-year-old male grizzly across U.S. Highway 93 from the Flathead County Landfill after the bear was reportedly eating apples at a residence. FWP officials set a trap several days earlier targeting a much larger grizzly bear that had been damaging fruit trees, but caught the younger bear instead. They fit the bear with a GPS satellite collar and released him up Whale Creek in the North Fork Flathead River drainage. The bear had no history of capture.
The Daily Inter Lake reports that no one was going to catch Missoula’s Christi Richards at the annual Le Grizz 50-mile run Oct. 7 in Polebridge. The 28-year-old was the top overall finisher in the grueling ultramarathon, crossing the finish with a time of 6:57:00. She ran an 8:20 per mile pace. Read the full story here.
The Daily Inter Lake reports that following a U.S. district court decision earlier this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the public comment period on a proposal to list wolverines in the lower 48 states under the Endangered Species Act. The 30-day public comment period ends Nov. 17 and comes after Judge Dana L. Christensen’s April 4 order requiring the wildlife agency to move forward with a review of whether the species warrants federal protections. Read the full story here.