The next Pure Montana Tale is coming up on Thursday, March 21, 7 PM at the Seeley Lake Historical Barn.

The topic will be
Living with Bears in Seeley Lake.
Free — Everyone Welcome — Refreshments

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August 2018 featureed, "Walking Bear Comes Home" a 56-minute documentary film about bear biologist Chuck Jonkel.  

Read the Seeley Swan Pathfinder article
about this event.

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The Pure Montana Tale for June 2018, focused on the impact of wildfire on fish, streams, wildlife and the forest presented by Scott Tomson, Wildlife Biologist, USFS and Shane Hendrickson, Fisheries Biologist, USFS.



Past Pure Montana Tales include:

October 19, 2017
FWP research biologist, Nick DeCesare shared information and data gathered as part of a moose population study he’s leading. Currently he is halfway through a ten year study of moose in three areas of the state. The information included factors that influence the numbers of moose in those areas including predators, parasites, and habitat. The study is also looking at effective methods for monitoring the populations since moose are harder to find using aerial observations.

Details about the research can be found by going to the FWP Moose Populations & Monitoring page. Research about other animals can be found at the FWP Wildlife Research page.

If you have comments about this presentation or ideas
for a Pure Montana Tale, contact


On October 18th,  Scott Eggeman (Blackfoot-Clearwater FWP Biologist, John Englert (Blackfoot Challenge Elk Hunt Coordinator) and Eric Graham (Blackfoot Challenge Wildlife Technician) shared information about the upcoming big game hunting season, the private lands Elk Hunt Coordination program and hunting safely in bear country.

Pure Montana Tales (PMT) features educational and informative speakers on issues important to citizens of the Clearwater and Blackfoot Valleys held six times annually.  

Sponsored jointly by Clearwater Resource Council and the Blackfoot Challenge, PMT topics have included Surviving in the Wildnerness, the Geology of the Crown of the Continent, Forest Health and Wildfire Awareness and a Wildlife Camera Film Festival.  We are open to suggestions to from the Community.

Past Pure Montana Tales have included:

Double Movie Night on Friday, March 17, 2017



The Crown of the Continent by Rick and Susie Graetz

Graetzes Speak on Crown of Continent
By Betty Vanderwielen, Seeley Swan Pathfinder, September 15, 2016