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Not everyone has the same approach and attitude toward living among grizzly bears in Montana’s wildest places. Groups in Lewistown recently spoke to the challenges bruins pose amid people's love for Montana and their strong desire to preserve a ranching lifestyle under threat from a variety of modern challenges.

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LIVINGSTON — Jose Luis Munoz Anco wears secondhand Wrangler jeans, which are too tight, so he leaves the button undone and the zipper about halfway and a belt keeps them up. He's oblivious to his sacrifice for fashion. He wears a blue T-shirt from a college unknown to him, along with small, even stylish, rectangular framed glasses and a ball cap. Whatever labor is required, his shirt is tucked in.

Ranchers and environmental advocates haven't always seen eye to eye, but the differences between the two aren't as extreme anymore, as more and more ranchers have come around to the understanding that taking good care of the land supports both economic stability and environmental health.

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