Items by Bert Lindler

No shoes, no problem
In Barefoot Hearted: A Wild Life with Wildlife, Kathleen Meyer relates her adventures in Montana's Bitterroot Valley, where she shares an old dairy barn with her boyfriend and numerous uninvited animal guests.
Animal rights group takes aim at hunters
Animal-rights activist Wayne Pacelle has his sights set on hunting in the West. So far, he's wounded or killed hunts for black bears in California and Colorado, grizzly bears and buffalo in Montana, and elk in Arizona.
Experts learn how man used to stick it to mammoths
Before Bob Perkins of Bozeman, Mont., applied beer, engineering and thought to the problem, archaeologists really didn't know how early hunters used the atlatl, or throwing stick.
A Vietnam vet tries to preserve the Blackfeet culture
Twenty years after a Viet Cong rocket left him with a concussion and flesh wounds, Ron West has become a warrior for Blackfeet spiritual leaders fighting to preserve the Badger-Two Medicine area south of Glacier National Park.
Timber cuts raised in northern Rockies
Supervisors of many national forests in the northern Rockies have been ordered to cut more timber than they recommended.
Wolves make a comeback in Montana
While politicians, scientists and bureaucrats argue over reintroduction of the wolf to the western United States, the animals have moved south into Montana to occupy long-vacant habitat.
Grass-eating tanks are fought by ranchers in Montana
Montana's National Guard tank brigade wants to train in a 1,500-square-miles part of the state.
Drought, fire and cold ravage Yellowstone's elk
As a harsh winter follows a summer of fire, up to one-third of Yellowstone National Park's 21,000 northern herd elk may die, either at the hands of hunters or from starvation.
Life without fanciness: Getting by on the Plains
Life in the region is possible if lived within the limits set by the region, rather than by standards set by the humid parts of the nation.
Mountain goats are up against the wall
Increased public access to mountain areas has brought increased sport hunting and poaching, which biologists now realize was heavier at first than many mountain goat populations could withstand.