Articles written by Jessianne Castle

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  • Conserving grizzly bears takes self responsibility

    Jessianne Castle, Marion, Montana|Dec 3, 2020

    Randy Newberg doesn’t carry a sidearm. Clocking some 100 days every year exploring the unbound—and often bear-laden—pockets of the American landscape, Newberg says when it comes to a bear attack, he’d leave his trust in an aerosol rather than a piece of lead. It’s a personal decision, one that is the right of each individual who steps foot in the woods, but for Newberg, carrying bear spray is a no-brainer. Newberg is a hunter who calls Bozeman, Montana his home. He is the producer of two popular TV shows, “Fresh Tracks” and “On Your Own Advent...

  • How Montana's Swan Valley is turning the tide on problem bears

    Jessianne Castle, Marion, Montana|Jul 30, 2020

    A bear’s nose knows when the smell of food wafts through the air. It’s integral to their survival, this tool for finding food, and is the reason why one resident of Montana’s Swan Valley has made it her summer’s work to pick up other people’s trash. Kathy Koors has spent nearly 40 years living near Condon, Montana, in a pocket of the Treasure State defined largely by water and trees. Larch, lodgepole and Douglas fir mingle in dense stands around azure lakes squeezed between the Mission Mountains and Swan Range. It’s a place sprouting w...