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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Police in southern Montana are searching for two men suspected of stealing about $13,000 worth of gold coins from a Billings coin shop. Grizzly Gold and Silver store manager Roger Brucker says they're offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the men responsible for Friday's theft of 12 gold coins.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Montana man is recovering from a bear attack that occurred while he was hunting northwest of Columbia Falls. KECI-TV reports the attack happened at about 9:25 Sunday morning. Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says the victim and a second man were hunting when one of them was attacked. The victim was airlifted to Kalispell Regional Medical Center where he was in stable condition.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Scientists say the return of wolves and cougars to Yellowstone National Park is helping restore a landscape that was altered in their absence. The widespread extermination of the two carnivores early last century meant the elk herds they prey on were able to grow in size. Those elk ate away willow plants and other vegetation along the park's streams, causing erosion damage. The plans and streams are rebounding after elk numbers recently have fallen.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Montana trucking company owner has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison after being convicted of criminal charges stemming from an explosion at an oil processing plant. Three workers were seriously injured in the 2012 explosion, which sparked a fire that lasted for days near the town of Wibaux. U.S. District Judge Susan Watters ordered Donald Wood Jr. of Baker and his company, Woody's Trucking, to pay $1.3 million in penalties and restitution. Friday's sentence is subject to appeal.

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