Top Story: The Killing Fields Await Yellowstone Bison Once Again In Montana

 Cow and calf run through the sage in Lamar Valley.  NPS / Jacob W. Frank
Cow and calf run through the sage in Lamar Valley. NPS / Jacob W. Frank
More than 10,000 Yellowstone bison have been killed based on a faulty premise. Like the worry over Chronic Wasting Disease, this controversy has connections to Wyoming's feedgrounds
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The Undeniable Value of Wolves, Bears, Lions And Coyotes In Battling Disease

Photo courtesy NPS / Jacob W. Frank
Photo courtesy NPS / Jacob W. Frank
Part 4 in Mountain Journal's series on Chronic Wasting Disease and the threat it poses to America's wildest ecosystem. By killing predators, are states that still cling to Little Red Riding Hood shooting themselves in the foot?
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Everyone Has An Opinion About Government But Many Citizens Would Flunk Civics

In this provocative column by Susan Marsh, she wonders aloud: If citizens are so ignorant about lots of things, are we expecting too much in asking them to know and care about public lands, wildlife and nature?
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Pining for snow, Sue Cedarholm sizes up Glory Bowl
Pining for snow, Sue Cedarholm sizes up Glory Bowl

Sunrise At Glory In A Time Of Climate Change

Painter Sue Cedarholm's watercolor features Jackson Hole's most beloved local winter landmark—and thoughts of what is yet to come 
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Making Teddy Roosevelt Mad Not Proud: Trump and Zinke Score A Witless Triumph In Utah

Zinke photo courtesy Gage Skidmore/flickr.  Trump photo courtesy Michael Vadon/Flickr
Zinke photo courtesy Gage Skidmore/flickr. Trump photo courtesy Michael Vadon/Flickr
The U.S. President And His Interior Secretary Demonstrate A Clueless Understanding Of Economics Driving The New West.
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A Mountain Town Man Hits The Wall Of A Midlife Crisis

Photo courtesy Garrett Grove (garrettgrove.com)
Photo courtesy Garrett Grove (garrettgrove.com)
In Part 2 of Timothy Tate's series "When Peter Pan Enters Middle Age", Walt hits the couch behind The Blue Door
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Chronic Wasting Disease, Public Lands, Wildlife

Chronic Wasting Disease Strikes Montana And Continues Its March On Yellowstone

Part 3 in Mountain Journal's ongoing series on Chronic Wasting Disease. With ultra-deadly CWD now in Montana wildlife for first time, critics say public officials are demonstrating irresponsibility by having no coordinated plan for confronting the disease
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Culture, Public Lands, Wildlife

Poems About Mato And The Power Of Bear Medicine

"Bear", a sculpture by Haida carver William Ronald Reid Jr. (1920-1998) at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology. Image courtesy Wikipedia
"Bear", a sculpture by Haida carver William Ronald Reid Jr. (1920-1998) at the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology. Image courtesy Wikipedia
Perfect for the approaching solstice, MoJo Poet In Residence Lois Red Elk shares two works about how a great nation and a beloved elder dream of bruins
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The World We Ski Across Is Flat

Sue Cedarholm's watercolor "It's a Small World"
Sue Cedarholm's watercolor "It's a Small World"
With her latest painting in Watercolor Diary, Sue Cedarholm reminds us that our moments on the slopes are linked to the works of others on the other side of the world.
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Flyfishing

Bowing To The Silver King

The mighty Megalops atlanticus
The mighty Megalops atlanticus
Mountain Journal's fly-fishing columnist Liam Diekmann carries the spirit of his patriarch in search of tarpon
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Hunting

What Does It Mean To Be An Animal Person?

Study after study confirms that sentience (emotions, connection and intelligence) flows across species.
Study after study confirms that sentience (emotions, connection and intelligence) flows across species.
Marc Bekoff, a leading figure in the American animal rights movement, sounds off on Wyoming's proposed hunt of grizzly bears and emerging science revealing the emotions and intelligence of non-human beings
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Community

When Peter Pan Enters Middle Age

So full of vim and vigor in their youth, men in many mountain towns live lives based on athletic achievement, independence and focus on self—and then middle age delivers a crushing blow of reality
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Ranching, Public Lands, The New West

Is Greater Yellowstone Really Ready To Confront Its Future?

Photo courtesy Trust for Public Land
Photo courtesy Trust for Public Land
From concerns about population growth and climate change to wildlife diseases and rising levels of recreation, FutureWest hosts a symposium focused on the future of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
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Bison, Yellowstone

A Wildlife Tour Guide Speaks Out Against Destruction Of Yellowstone Bison

Lone Bison silhouette in Hayden Valley  NPS / Jacob W. Frank
Lone Bison silhouette in Hayden Valley NPS / Jacob W. Frank
In This Guest Essay, Conservationist Phil Knight Criticizes Treatment of America's Official National Mammal In Montana
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Dwayne Harty

What Does It Take To Create A Conservationist?

Photo courtesy Michele Parent
Photo courtesy Michele Parent
Retired Forest Service Wilderness Manager Susan Marsh contemplates what inspires wilderness users to become wilderness protectors.
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A Sportsman's Moment of Truth: The Head of Trout Unlimited Weighs In

Trout Unlimited's Chris Wood
Trout Unlimited's Chris Wood
TU's President and CEO Chris Wood talks Zinke, Pruitt, Climate Change, Pebble Mine and lake trout in Yellowstone
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"Avalanche Canyon" by Sue Cedarholm
"Avalanche Canyon" by Sue Cedarholm

The Land Is Big, We Are Small, The Potential Perils Many

Sometimes Art Puts The Scale Of People In Perspective. In Watercolor Diary, Sue Cedarholm Goes To Avalanche Canyon
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Endangered Species, Grizzly Bears, Hunting, The New West

Why Don't We Shoot Bald Eagles For Sport And Fun?

Is the main reason we recover species to shoot them and sell hunting tags?
Is the main reason we recover species to shoot them and sell hunting tags?
Some Argue The Reason We Remove Animals From Federal Protection Is To Hunt Them. Are They Right?
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Grizzly Bears, Hunting, The New West

When An Off-Duty Game Warden Kills A Grizzly

Wyoming grizzly mother and three cubs, photo by Thomas D. Mangelsen (mangelsen.com)
Wyoming grizzly mother and three cubs, photo by Thomas D. Mangelsen (mangelsen.com)
After a mother grizzly with three cubs is shot in Wyoming, critics wonder why the person, who invoked self-defense, didn't use bear spray?

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Community

Chasing Summits And Running Toward The Sun

The path into wild can lead us to ourselves and, in turn, knowing who we are helps us to better appreciate wild places, Timothy Tate says.
The path into wild can lead us to ourselves and, in turn, knowing who we are helps us to better appreciate wild places, Timothy Tate says.
One week after Timothy Tate wrote provocatively about tragedy in the mountains, the MoJo columnist pens another on humility—and the ethic of using, but not using up, the places that personally inspire 
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Grizzly Bears, Hunting

To Live Or Die In Bear Country: Counting The Seconds In Your Grizzly Moment Of Truth

Bear spray has been a reliable game-changing invention in keeping grizzlies and people alive.
Bear spray has been a reliable game-changing invention in keeping grizzlies and people alive.
Mountain Journal Takes A Deep Dive Into Grizzly Attacks, Bear Spray, And What You Need To Know.  
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Big Art of Nature

A bull moose in Jackson Hole, photograph by Sue Cedarholm
A bull moose in Jackson Hole, photograph by Sue Cedarholm

On The Loose: A Bull Moose In Camera And Brush

In Watercolor Diary, Sue Cedarholm offers two takes on America's largest member of the deer family
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Architecture, Conservation, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly, Community

The Path Toward Wholer Thinking: Greater Yellowstone's Paramount Challenge

Lori Ryker says people "use" the landscape will ultimately determine if the wildness of Greater Yellowstone endures.
Lori Ryker says people "use" the landscape will ultimately determine if the wildness of Greater Yellowstone endures.
Lori Ryker Says Cities, Counties, Land Agencies And Developers Are Failing The Test For How To Think Like An Ecosystem. If Young People Get, Why Can't Their Elders (And Our Elected Officials)?
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Grizzly Bears, Hunting

Lessons From A Hunter Twice Attacked By A Grizzly Bear

The surival of grizzlies in Greater Yellowstone depends more on the behavior of bears rather than people. Photo by Thomas D. Mangelsen (mangelsen.com)
The surival of grizzlies in Greater Yellowstone depends more on the behavior of bears rather than people. Photo by Thomas D. Mangelsen (mangelsen.com)
Todd Orr's misadventure with a sow grizzly offers insight for anyone—hunter or hiker—heading into bear country. Biggest take home: bear spray works
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Hunting, Public Lands

Is The Silencer Gun Controversy Leaving Us More Tone Deaf?

Various kinds of suppressors that cal also be placed on hunting rifles and shotguns
Various kinds of suppressors that cal also be placed on hunting rifles and shotguns
Franz Camenzind Teases Apart One Disquieting Piece Of A Very Bad Anti-Conservation Bill In Congress
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Big Art of Nature

Standing In Reverence Of Yellowstone's Grand Canyon—And Thomas Moran

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone by Sue Cedarholm
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone by Sue Cedarholm
Okay, so I realize it’s an audacious thing to even dare to paint a landmark. I get it. In his first outing, Thomas Moran...
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Requiem for Bozeman's historic districts? Andy Holloran's newly-approved Black and Olive development. The terraces in the back, at right, tower two stories over an historic house.
Requiem for Bozeman's historic districts? Andy Holloran's newly-approved Black and Olive development. The terraces in the back, at right, tower two stories over an historic house.

Citizen Crawford Asks: Is Bozeman Becoming A Banana Republic For A New Breed Of Investor-Saviors?

Downtown Bozeman, Montana Businessman And MoJo Columnist Tim Crawford Says The City Made A Mockery Of Citizen Democracy With Its Black-Olive Decision
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Big Art of Nature, Water

Two Meditations On Mni Sose, Water, Mother Earth and Standing Rock

The big river known to the Dakota/Lakota as Mni Sose. Along its 2,341 miles the Missouri River connects many to a singular linear life force. Photo by Todd Wilkinson
The big river known to the Dakota/Lakota as Mni Sose. Along its 2,341 miles the Missouri River connects many to a singular linear life force. Photo by Todd Wilkinson
Mountain Journal's Poet In Residence Lois Red Elk Reed Unveils A New Work Focussed On Mni Sose, The Missouri River
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Climate Change, Endangered Species, Public Lands

A Tribute To The Ancient Ones High On The Mountain

At the top of a ridge, a whitebark pine forest is in the fight of its life.  Photo courtesy Ecoflight (ecoflight.org)
At the top of a ridge, a whitebark pine forest is in the fight of its life. Photo courtesy Ecoflight (ecoflight.org)
What does a forest tell us about our past and future? Scientist Jesse Logan pays tribute to the vanishing whitebark pine and shares what it foreshadows for America's wildest ecosystem in the Lower 48 
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Endangered Species, Public Lands, Wildlife

Whither The Mighty Wolverine?

Wolverine moving across snow, photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Wolverine moving across snow, photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Few in number and scattered sparsely across huge geographic areas, wolverines are still hanging on in Greater Yellowstone. But for how long? Rebecca Watters says they need a human strategy to insure their persistence.
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Forest Service, Outdoor Recreation, Wilderness

Holding The Line On Wild: Is The U.S. Forest Service Up To The Challenge?

Enchantment Basin from Prusik Pass in Alpine Lakes Wilderness  by Jeffrey Pang
Enchantment Basin from Prusik Pass in Alpine Lakes Wilderness by Jeffrey Pang
Susan Marsh spent her career protecting wilderness and trying to manage human pressures on America's public lands. Now this veteran of the Forest Service ponders whether her storied agency has the courage to confront the increasing impacts of outdoor recreation.
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Science, Public Lands, Wildlife

America's National Elk Refuge: A ‘Miasmic Zone Of Life-Threatening Diseases'

Will the National Elk Refuge become ground zero for catastrophic disease? Photo courtesy National Elk Refuge
Will the National Elk Refuge become ground zero for catastrophic disease? Photo courtesy National Elk Refuge
The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is known internationally for its wildlife. With the arrival of Chronic Wasting Disease looming, the epicenter of a deadly outbreak would be western Wyoming and the home to America's "national elk herd". Part 2 in Mountain Journal's series looking at the coming wildlife plague.
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Community

A Tragedy In The Mountains Highlights Pain Facing The Young

The Madison Mountains, photo courtesy Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, B. Vandenbos
The Madison Mountains, photo courtesy Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, B. Vandenbos
In mountain towns like Bozeman and Jackson Hole, extreme athletes are modern heroes.  When something bad happens, it should cause all of us to hold our kids closer
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Book Review, Culture, The New West

William Henry Jackson's famous photograph of the Sheepeaters
William Henry Jackson's famous photograph of the Sheepeaters

Tory Taylor's Search For The Elusive Sheepeaters

In His New Book, The Retired Outfitter/Guide From Dubois, Wyoming Picks Up The Trail Of Greater Yellowstone's Oldest And Most Mysterious Mountain Inhabitants
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Big Art of Nature, MoJo Profile

George Carlson's Perpetual State Of Wonder

"The Tempest" by George Carlson
"The Tempest" by George Carlson
George Carlson is considered one of the best contemporary nature painters in the world. Mountain Journal visited the American master at his studio and took a deep dive into his reverence for wild landscapes
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Flyfishing, Liam Diekmann, Outdoor Recreation

Brown Trout Belly Rub

Brown trout, a fine art photograph by Pat Clayton (http://fisheyeguyphotography.com)
Brown trout, a fine art photograph by Pat Clayton (http://fisheyeguyphotography.com)
Liam Diekmann, Mountain Journal's young man of the water, goes fishing with a trio of well-known elders and when the flies don't work he makes contact with a monster brown using his bare hands.
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Chronic Wasting Disease, Science, Public Lands, Wildlife

Greater Yellowstone's Coming Plague

Is this where a pandemic of Chronic Wasting Disease in Greater Yellowstone begins? Thousands of elk bunched together on the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Tom Mangelsen photo
Is this where a pandemic of Chronic Wasting Disease in Greater Yellowstone begins? Thousands of elk bunched together on the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Tom Mangelsen photo
Mountain Journal's special multi-part series on Chronic Wasting Disease and the potential dangers it poses to Greater Yellowstone's unparalleled wildlife and the specter of risk to human health. Part 1: Greater Yellowstone's Coming Plague
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Bozeman, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly

It's Election Season And The Future Of Bozeman Is At Stake

Bozeman's Main Street many decades ago
Bozeman's Main Street many decades ago
Bozeman is the fastest-growing city in Montana and Tim Crawford questions whether its elected officials are capable of dealing with the hard issues of growth
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Will "Stay Wild" Help Build An Army Of Committed Landscape Protectors?

Still images taken from  Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Board's YouTube video "Jackson Hole Winter 2017-18 : Stay Wild".
Still images taken from Jackson Hole Travel & Tourism Board's YouTube video "Jackson Hole Winter 2017-18 : Stay Wild".
As public lands cope with an onset of industrial-strength outdoor recreation, promotors of a new ad campaign in Jackson Hole claim their ultimate intent is to grow conservation
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Big Art of Nature

From a line of burned trees a forest reborn
From a line of burned trees a forest reborn

Visual Delights Spring From Wildfires Past In A Forest Reborn

As has often happened in her quest to paint one new watercolor every day, artist Sue Cedarholm goes looking for one thing and finds another.
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Opinion, Public Lands

The Lords Of Yesterday Are Back And They Want America's Public Land

Views from Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument -- Pilot Rock, Courtesy of BLM photographer Bob Wick
Views from Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument -- Pilot Rock, Courtesy of BLM photographer Bob Wick
Barry Reiswig—a backcountry horseman, hunter, angler and former civil servant —pushes back against what he calls "the radical agenda" of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
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Grizzly Bears, The New West

Charting The Rise Of A Famous Grizzly Bear Mother In Jackson Hole

Famous Jackson Hole Grizzly 399 crossing the Snake River. Photograph courtesy Thomas Mangelsen (http://www.mangelsen.com/first-light-grizzly-bear-3053.html)
Famous Jackson Hole Grizzly 399 crossing the Snake River. Photograph courtesy Thomas Mangelsen (http://www.mangelsen.com/first-light-grizzly-bear-3053.html)
People Forget That Before Grizzly 399 Became The World's Most Famous Bear, There Was Jackson Hole Grizzly Mama 474
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Forest Service, Public Lands

The Gros Ventre Range, photo courtesy  US Forest Service
The Gros Ventre Range, photo courtesy US Forest Service

Caretaking America's Wild Homefront

For Susan Marsh, who donned a Forest Service uniform, mountains were her medicine and protecting wilderness a way of giving back to her country
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Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly

Unnatural Disaster: Will America’s Most Iconic Wild Ecosystem Be Lost To A Tidal Wave Of People?

Bozemanapolis? The Minneapolis skyline set against the Bridgers. At current growth rates, Bozeman/Gallatin Valley will be Salt Lake City sized in a generation and Minneapolis sized in 40 years.
Bozemanapolis? The Minneapolis skyline set against the Bridgers. At current growth rates, Bozeman/Gallatin Valley will be Salt Lake City sized in a generation and Minneapolis sized in 40 years.
A MoJo Special Report: Can the wild Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem survive the coming hurricane of human population growth? As part of Mountain Journal's ongoing investigative series, "Greater Yellowstone: The Big Picture," Todd Wilkinson examines significant issues shaping the future of America's most iconic wildland ecosystem. This story focuses on the accelerating impacts of human development.
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Wildlife

Elk, photo courtesy National Park Service/Ed Austin/Herb Jones
Elk, photo courtesy National Park Service/Ed Austin/Herb Jones

Roadkill: An Emergency Responder, Absent A Gun, Is Handed A Grim Task

When an elk in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is struck by a car, it forces Steve Primm to reflect on the perilous intersections between migratory wildlife, highways and people.
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Elk, photo courtesy National Park Service/Ed Austin/Herb Jones
Elk, photo courtesy National Park Service/Ed Austin/Herb Jones

Wilderness

Wilderness: America's Second-Best Idea Is Under Attack—Unfortunately By Some Recreationists

Montana painter Monte Dolack's painting, A Peaceable Kingdom of Wilderness, featured on Wilderness Watch's 50th anniversary celebration for The Wilderness Act of 1964.
Montana painter Monte Dolack's painting, A Peaceable Kingdom of Wilderness, featured on Wilderness Watch's 50th anniversary celebration for The Wilderness Act of 1964.
In this second part of an ongoing series on wilderness in America, MoJo columnist Franz Camenzind shines a light on efforts in Congress to roll back federal protection for wilderness. One of the main surprising instigators, he says, are mountain bikers masquerading as conservationists.


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Climate Change, Science, Public Lands, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly, Wildlife, Politics

The Big Picture: Thinking About Greater Yellowstone's Elephants In The Room

"Friend or Foe?" by Thomas D. Mangelsen (mangelsen.com)
"Friend or Foe?" by Thomas D. Mangelsen (mangelsen.com)
The deepening impacts of climate change and human population pressure are just two of the titanic forces shaping the future of America's most iconic wildland ecosystem. Are we capable of confronting the threats happening right before our eyes?  Do we see them? First part in an ongoing series called Greater Yellowstone: The Big Picture.
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Elk Crossing The Snake River by Sue Cedarholm
Elk Crossing The Snake River by Sue Cedarholm

A Cow Elk Crosses The Snake

For painter Sue Cedarholm, autumn is the golden time in Jackson Hole. Bugling bull elk heighten the brassy feel of the season.
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Big Art of Nature

Sue Cedarholm's latest piece for Watercolor Diary
Sue Cedarholm's latest piece for Watercolor Diary

An Amorous Bull Moose, Rejected During The Rut

In her latest edition of Watercolor Diary, Sue Cedarholm portrays a Jackson Hole bull moose in the middle of the rut.
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Community

Photo by Timothy Tate
Photo by Timothy Tate

Touching Meaning In A Small-Town Funeral Procession

Bozeman, Montana Psychotherapist Timothy Tate Riffs On The Struggles Of Finding Purpose While Living Beneath The Big Western Sky
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Photo by Timothy Tate
Photo by Timothy Tate

Co-existence, Culture

Daniel Ole Sambu
Daniel Ole Sambu

To Be A Man, Real Warriors Don't Have To Kill Lions

America's wildest ecosystem can learn some valuable lessons about human-predator conflicts from Daniel Ole Sambu and his campaign to protect African lions
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