Top Story: Taking The Exit Ramp From Paradise?

Bozeman from a balloon
Bozeman from a balloon
Bozeman, Montana is now one of America's 'It' cities. Here, a real estate firm bravely riffs on why people are moving away
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When E in Environmentalist Stands For Empathy

Photo courtesy Glacier NPS
Photo courtesy Glacier NPS
MoJo columnist Jordan Payne says righteousness alone won't convince young people to support landscape protection
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Wyoming Keeps Falling Behind While Jackson Hole Thrives—Why?

What can Wyoming learn from Jackson Hole?
What can Wyoming learn from Jackson Hole?
Compared to her Rocky Mountain neighbors, the state is the only one losing people. Wyoming's leaders have some soul-searching to do
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If The Challenges Facing Jackson Hole Can't Be Fixed, Then What's The Fate Of Greater Yellowstone?

Jackson Hole: a place unlike any other
Jackson Hole: a place unlike any other
Will "collaboration as usual" save America's most iconic ecosystem or it is time for new leaders touting a braver new vision?
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Greta Thunberg And America's Dark Shadows Of Denial With Climate Change

Photo courtesy Anders Helberg, altered by MoJo staff.
Photo courtesy Anders Helberg, altered by MoJo staff.
When adults see the young Swede, Timothy Tate says, they catch a glimpse of their own childrens' anger staring back from the future
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The Mega Value Of Forests Free Of Roads

Forests rimming Centennial Valley
Forests rimming Centennial Valley
A former Forest Service Chief and the national head of Trout Unlimited recall the motivation behind an amazing act of conservation that could be undone by Trump
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Standing Rock Reflections: What Is Progress?

What does 'homeland' mean to you?
What does 'homeland' mean to you?
Lois Red Elk writes about protest and the tormented ghost of a soldier who helped take her homeland
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A Doctor Plumbs The Depths Of Ivan Doig's Illness And Asks: 'Did He Have An Epiphany?'

Doig in his Montana element
Doig in his Montana element
Robert Patrick, a Doig fan and end-of-life-physician, writes of what he found in the famous author's journals
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Terminal Diagnosis: How Montana Writer Ivan Doig Coped With His Own End

Ivan Doig
Ivan Doig
Doig's spirit springs to life in the MSU Library Archives, revealing his literary triumphs, fears and what lay in his heart 
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Should Carrying Bear Spray Be Required For Big Game Hunters In Grizzly Country?

Grizzly on a carcass
Grizzly on a carcass
Just as life vests are required for boaters and wearing orange for rifle hunters, Mike Bader says bear spray ought to be compulsory too
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Kendeda

National Flashpoint: The Gallatin Range Is Ground Zero For Americans Talking About Wilderness

Rugged lines of the Gallatin
Rugged lines of the Gallatin
History shows those pushing for mountain bikes in wilderness have no factual traction. Read this excerpt of Todd Burritt's book on Greater Yellowstone
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'Outside Ourselves' Should Be Read By Every Outdoor Recreationist

The Bridger Wilderness in Wyoming
The Bridger Wilderness in Wyoming
Todd Burrit, former wilderness ranger, goes on a long wander in Greater Yellowstone and emerges as a protector
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Craighead

Soliloquy For The Fall: Nature Is A Place Where Non-conformists Can Find Themselves

What kind of "place" is this?
What kind of "place" is this?
Susan Marsh riffs eloquently on connecting to place, loss of place and what's worth saving. Are we in Greater Yellowstone listening?
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Americans Love Public Lands And Species Conservation But How Do We Pay For Them?

A bull elk in Yellowstone
A bull elk in Yellowstone
Opinion: John Goodell says a new bill, "The Recovering America's Wildlife Act," offers a game-changing path forward. What you need to know
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Does The E-Bike Invasion Represent A Menace To Wildlife And Character Of Public Lands?

Photo courtesy Flickr userJoe Haupt, https://www.flickr.com/people/51764518@N02/
Photo courtesy Flickr userJoe Haupt, https://www.flickr.com/people/51764518@N02/
Larry Desjardin examines impact of Interior Department executive order opening gate for e-bikes in national parks, wildlife refuges and BLM lands. Are national forests next?
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Buy Coffee And Help Recover An African Version of Yellowstone

Lift your mug to elephants
Lift your mug to elephants
How your morning brew can save lions, elephants, people and keep the miracle of Gorongosa alive.
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Where Grizzlies Still Barely Hang On—In Their Own Yaak Time

Is wildness only about us?
Is wildness only about us?
For writer Rick Bass, dignity can be measured where nature is allowed to persist without impetuous interference. Another installment in our Sounds Of Silence series.
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Armed And Ready—For Safer Travel In Griz Country

Danielle Oyler teaches bear essentials
Danielle Oyler teaches bear essentials
Danielle Oyler teaches people how to live and recreate smarter around places where bears live. How knowledgeable are you?
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Metamorphosis: When Prominent Users Of Nature Become Advocates For Its Protection

Craig Mathews
Craig Mathews
A young environmental writer interviews two heroes, Conrad Anker and Craig Mathews, about their own evolution as defenders
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Is A New Greatest Generation Rising? Why An Elder Plans To Take To The Street

Is a new "Greatest Generation" rising?
Is a new "Greatest Generation" rising?
During his life, MoJo columnist Tim Crawford says there has never been a more important time to stand up, than now
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Paying Forward Wildness In A World Consumed By Self-Interest

What's the essence of your journey?
What's the essence of your journey?
Timothy Tate treks into the Yellowstone backcountry and ruminates on an ethic present in three generations
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On Sacred Autumn Sundays

A daydream for Mike Person
A daydream for Mike Person
Mike Person, a Montana-born lineman for the San Francisco 49ers, finds peace where trout dwell
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Standby Snow: Chronicles of a Heatwave, Chapter One

Standby Snow tackles fire and melting glaciers
Standby Snow tackles fire and melting glaciers
Mountain Time Arts takes on climate change by making it visceral, not abstract, for Greater Yellowstoneans
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It's Time To Get The Lead Out Of Hunting Ammo

A bald eagle feasts on a carcass
A bald eagle feasts on a carcass
Eliminating lead bullets isn't anti-hunting, experts say; it's being pro-human and wildlife health. Franz Camenzind asks: what sportsman would be opposed to that?
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The Mighty Return Of Tatanka

A bison in Yellowstone
A bison in Yellowstone
Poet Lois Red Elk writes of buffalo dreams becoming fulfilled and rumbling spirits finding a way home
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From Griz Attack Survivor To Advocate: Barrie Gilbert's Wild Journey

A Greater Yellowstone grizzly
A Greater Yellowstone grizzly
Book review: Researcher's new riveting memoir takes us back to a fateful day in 1977 when mauling in Gallatin Mountains of Yellowstone brought him global attention
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My Yellowstone Mauling And Mountaintop Rescue: An Exclusive Excerpt

Barrie Gilbert
Barrie Gilbert
In his new memoir, 'One of Us,' bear biologist Barrie Gilbert recounts his own brutal grizzly attack and the reasons behind his passion for large landscape conservation
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Actually, Most Americans Support The Endangered Species Act

Despite claims by the Trump Administration and some politicians that the public desperately wanted the ESA reformed, that isn't what citizens say in surveys
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Mike Yochim Literally Writes This Love Letter To Yellowstone With His Eyes

Michael Yochim, photo by Janet Hesselbarth
Michael Yochim, photo by Janet Hesselbarth
Stricken with ALS—aka Lou Gehrig's Disease—author of new book on Yellowstone gives MoJo interview to talk about park and stories that need telling
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Ultra-lethal 'Cyanide Bombs' Used To Kill Public Wildlife Banned For Now In Wyoming

A Wildlife Services 'cyanide bomb'
A Wildlife Services 'cyanide bomb'
Despite coming under increasing pressure, EPA remains noncommittal to abolishing deadly M-44s used to kill predators that eat livestock on public land
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Once Proud Forest Service Poised To Help Gut NEPA

What happens if NEPA is overhauled?
What happens if NEPA is overhauled?
Instead of a improving a landmark environmental law, changes appear designed to flout environmental standards, says award-winning former Forest Service veteran
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Putting Pendley In Charge Of BLM Reveals Trump's True Radical Agenda For The West?

William Perry Pendley
William Perry Pendley
Columnist Tim Crawford says if you worried about former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Pendley is more frightening
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Nature Helps Kids Have Compassion For The World

Nature is a wellspring where empathy is learned
Nature is a wellspring where empathy is learned
In a time of rising social anxiety and mass violence, empathy seems in short supply. Exposure to wild places can revive it
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Are Montana And Neighboring States Doing Enough To Protect Their Natural Assets?

Conservation makes good business sense
Conservation makes good business sense
A leading business entrepreneur says investment necessary to maintain healthy outdoor economy, wildlife in northern Rockies and high quality of life
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Social Media: Harnessing The Digital Human Ecosystem To Protect Nature

MoJo summer intern Jordan Payne explores the multiple ways, for good and bad, that social media is affecting the way we interface with the wild outdoors
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On Solitude

Embracing nature on one's own authentic terms
Embracing nature on one's own authentic terms
A young woman of color in the West craves her connections to nature but struggles with the fact it doesn't always feel safe
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When Cultures Collide

What happened here?
What happened here?
From the Battle of Pierre's Hole to a debate over an offensive high school mascot, Teton Valley is a perfect place for historical reflection
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Stopping A Yellowstone Hetch-Hetchy: When Private Interests Nearly Put Parts Of America's First National Park Under Water

Imagine Yellowstone Lake left transformed by a dam.
Imagine Yellowstone Lake left transformed by a dam.
In this excerpt from John Taliaferro's new book on George Bird Grinnell, local efforts to exploit Yellowstone remind us again that past is prelude
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Peace Of Mind Along The Slow, Plodding Path

What more do you see at slower speed?
What more do you see at slower speed?
How trail therapy delivers a perfect dose of meaning
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Why A Group In Jackson Hole, Devoted To Unbridled Adventure, Conservation And Diversity, Is Under Fire

Why is Greater Yellowstone extraordinary?
Why is Greater Yellowstone extraordinary?
SHIFT can still have real impact but only if it is willing to shift itself 
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George Bird Grinnell: His Impact As "The Father of American Conservation" Written Across Today's West

Grinnell on the ice field bearing his name
Grinnell on the ice field bearing his name
John Taliaferro's "Grinnell: America's Environmental Pioneer and His Restless Drive to Save the West" is epic, entertaining and important
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A Native Ponders The Irony Of 'Go Back Where You Came From'

Columbus leads an immigrant invasion
Columbus leads an immigrant invasion
Lois Red Elk, 500-generation Dakota/Lakota, writes about getting her 'Cobell check' and 500 years of injustice
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How Lost Words Translate Into Lost Worlds

What did natives call the Snake River?
What did natives call the Snake River?
Place names matter, even when describing the ineffable and especially if monikers provide cover for cultural amnesia
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Is Geotagging Putting A Bullseye On The Last Best Places?

Making a memory that will attract bigger crowds?
Making a memory that will attract bigger crowds?
Photographs and videos being shared on social media are causing hideaways to get overrun. So what can be done? 
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Wyoming's Bet On Coal Is Now Busting The State

A coal strip-mine outside Gillette
A coal strip-mine outside Gillette
Cursing at the wind? The more that its elected officials dig in their heels for coal, the further behind Wyoming falls in people and durable job creation
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We Need Wilderness With No Apologies And No Regrets

The still-wild Gallatin Mountains
The still-wild Gallatin Mountains
A veteran of the American Wilderness movement says the debate over protecting the Gallatin Mountain Range near Yellowstone should not be a means for rationalizing further loss of wildlands
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Warning Signs Are Flashing

Jackson Hole is on the front lines of a new reality: As Susan Marsh notes, we are rapidly running roughshod over the things that bring us to Greater Yellowstone
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Ruckus Over A National Hiking Trail: A MoJo Interview With Writer And Conservationist Rick Bass

Should the Pacific Northwest Trail be re-routed in the Yaak Valley to insure habitat for an imperiled population of grizzlies remains protected? 
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Curbing Our Egos In All Ages

Why is it so hard for younger folk to embrace restraint in our consumption of nature? Is a new form of 'athletic Manifest Destiny' upon us? Timothy Tate ruminates.
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The Wild West: How Do We Deal With Its Rapid Transformation?

Rose-colored lenses for the New West?
Rose-colored lenses for the New West?
Mountain Journal intern Jordan Payne gets a crash course on the New West and titanic forces shaping its future
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365 Days Of Great Wildlife/Nature Art

A cliff face petroglyph in the American West
A cliff face petroglyph in the American West
Exploring the visual boundaries of how we think about the wild West. Check in every day for a new image.
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Judging Edward Abbey

Amy Irvine's response to Desert Solitaire
Amy Irvine's response to Desert Solitaire
Charlie Quimby reviews 'Desert Cabal,' Amy Irvine's semi-reverential take-down of Cactus Ed, environmental hero and flawed human, like all of us
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When Trail And Park Etiquette Goes Bad

What is good trail etiquette?
What is good trail etiquette?
From dog-related issues to rude human behavior and worse, swelling numbers of users result in increasing complaints
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Cam Sholly's Agenda For Safeguarding Yellowstone

New superintendent of America's oldest national park lays out priorities, discussing everything from grizzlies, wolves and bison to snarled road traffic and other threats
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Summer Boot Camp In Greater Yellowstone

MoJo summer intern Jordan Payne
MoJo summer intern Jordan Payne
Meet Mountain Journal intern Jordan Payne. He's bringing fresh young eyes in writing about America's most iconic wildland ecosystem
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Collapse Of Salmon And Steelhead A Dam Shame

As Tom France writes, Congressman Mike Simpson of Idaho emerges as an unlikely hero and he believes it's time to act
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Ranchers Play Key Role In Saving Greater Yellowstone's Wildlife Pathways

Migrating elk in Wyoming
Migrating elk in Wyoming
Region's amazing migration corridors and Western working lands are co-dependent. As Lesli Allison writes, 'to ensure either thrives, both must persist'
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Bison: Still Not Back From The Brink

Charles M. Russell's bison masterpiece
Charles M. Russell's bison masterpiece
The rescue of America's national land mammal is considered one of the greatest conservation success stories ever and yet it's hard to find many wild herds on the map 
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Wake For A Climber

Following the tragic loss of young climber Jess Roskelley, Timothy Tate explores the connection between loss and the sacredness of living a life true to oneself
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Griz Expert Says 'Mountain Bikes Are A Grave Threat To Bears'

A Greater Yellowstone grizzly
A Greater Yellowstone grizzly
When it comes to safeguarding bears, scientists say wilderness-caliber lands, free of riders, are important to bruin persistence
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Wildlife Diseases: A Global Expert Takes Stock Of Greater Yellowstone

How will elk fare with CWD?
How will elk fare with CWD?
Andrew Dobson discusses the consequences of artificially feeding elk in Wyoming, the positive role of predators in confronting disease and worries related to CWD
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When Raptors Visit

Eagle and rabbit
Eagle and rabbit
Two poems by Lois Red Elk remind that neither we, nor animals, are "others" in the natural world
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New Wyoming Hunting Group Takes The Old Guard To Task

Mountain Pursuit, founded by former journalist and fifth-generation Wyomingite Rob Shaul, expresses outrage over, among other things, the brutal treatment of coyotes and decline of fair chase in hunting
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Gut-Check Time: Navigating The Ups And Downs Of Dramatic Change

How can some western communities and wildlands save their essence during booms, how do others prevent themselves from blowing away? A gathering in Bozeman will address these poles of the 'New West'
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Big Guns Want 230,000 Acres Of Gallatins Near Yellowstone Protected As Wilderness

Wild heart of the Gallatins
Wild heart of the Gallatins
Founder of Patagonia joins former U.S. Interior Secretary and dozens of eminent scientists who say capital "W" essential to safeguarding wildlife in core of Greater Yellowstone
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Gulo Gulo! What The American West Can Learn From Wolverine Conservation In Mongolia

A wolverine painting by Robin Murray
A wolverine painting by Robin Murray
Mountain Journal interviews researcher Rebecca Watters on efforts to save wolverines halfway around the world
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The Paradox Of Building America's Green Lifestyle Grid

A wind farm in the West
A wind farm in the West
As Lance Olsen notes, the renewable energy revolution is just beginning but scaling it also requires massive earthmoving
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Carrying The Banner For Wilderness

The Palisades Wilderness Study Area  south of Jackson Hole
The Palisades Wilderness Study Area south of Jackson Hole
Wyoming Wilderness Association turns 40 and four dynamic young women are reinvigorating the wilderness spirit when so much is on the line in Greater Yellowstone
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Is Development On Private Land in Jackson Hole Causing The Community To Burst At Its Seams?

Jackson Hole: a wild or human maze?
Jackson Hole: a wild or human maze?
Award-winning writer Susan Marsh, a former Forest Service naturalist and wildlands manager, expresses worry that is on the minds of many in her famous valley
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Kids Get Climate Change, So Why Won't Adults Adjust Lifestyles To Give Them A More Livable Future?

Greta Thunberg is worried about her future
Greta Thunberg is worried about her future
MoJo columnist Lance Olsen says the world's youth have ample reasons to question the selfishness of their elders
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How To Save, Build and Protect A Better Community

Keeping our towns special begins with us
Keeping our towns special begins with us
Want more journalism devoted to defending America's crown jewel ecosystem? Support "Give Big" to MoJo and all of the non-profits doing good work at the intersection of people and nature
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Culture, Guest Commentary, Ranching, Politics

Robert Staffanson (1921-2019) Reflects On What It Means To Be A Real Cowboy

Robert Staffanson on a Montana cattle drive half a century ago.
Robert Staffanson on a Montana cattle drive half a century ago.
An old wrangler looks back on his life as he nears the end of the trail.  Bob Staffanson, who founded The Billings Symphony and later became known as "the Cowboy Conductor" in New England and Europe, grew up herding cattle in Montana. It was the unshakable imprint of the West that brought him home. Staffanson reflects on the current president, the resilience of Western women, and the definition of a real cowboy.
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The Blessing Of Being Alive: Lois Red Elk Returns!

Seeing a turtle in youth means having a long, purposeful life
Seeing a turtle in youth means having a long, purposeful life
Montana's acclaimed poet of the prairie beholds the patterns of nature and finds solace in the power of turtle
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Heeding The Trade-Offs Of Recreation-Based Growth Near Yellowstone

Hiking is part of Montana's soaring recreation economy
Hiking is part of Montana's soaring recreation economy
Gallatin County, Montana is one of the fastest-growing non-urban counties in America but is there a plan to deal with the deluge?
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To Go—And Perish—Where Others Fear To Tread

MoJo columnist Timothy Tate, a psychotherapist and consultant to The North Face adventure team, examines why some court risk and others get exhilaration by watching others take chances
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Reason For Optimism On Earth Day 2019?

Peering into the environmental prism:  optimism or pessimism?
Peering into the environmental prism: optimism or pessimism?
Despite major environmental challenges, Brian Yablonski writes in this op-ed that there are many reasons to reject doom and gloom—and embrace hope
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Natural Truths: Channeling The Wisdom of Aldo Leopold

Aldo Leopold
Aldo Leopold
Seventy years after A Sand County Almanac was published, what would 'the godfather of modern ecological thinking' say about battles over predators, recreation and environmental justice?
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On Falling Forests And The Decline Of Affordable Housing

Old-growth trees in Greater Yellowstone can be hard to find
Old-growth trees in Greater Yellowstone can be hard to find
As hip mountain towns struggle to make a place for worker bees, Lance Olsen says our tax code, the timber industry and developers aren't focused on real solutions
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When People Become Lost, When Do You Intervene?

Like Search and Rescue for those lost in the woods, people facing addiction or mental illness can also require the assistance of people who care.  Psychotherapist Timothy Tate explores the deep impact of intervention.
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Greater Yellowstoneans Know How To Co-Exist With The Icons Of Wildness

In Yellowstone, what are odds of getting mauled?
In Yellowstone, what are odds of getting mauled?
First grizzly-human encounter reminds us of value of bear spray and the long odds of getting attacked
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Fewer Elk Counted This Year On Yellowstone's Famous Northern Range—But What Does It Mean?

A Yellowstone bull elk navigates winter
A Yellowstone bull elk navigates winter
Annual wapiti survey: apart from wolves and other wildlife meat eaters, a formidable predator is winter
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Tom Mangelsen’s Legacy Images Speak To A Life Shooting In The Wild

Mangelsen's "Catch of the Day"
Mangelsen's "Catch of the Day"
Renowned Jackson Hole photographer inspires masses, including famous friends, to rally in defense of nature. His work now featured in national museum tour
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John Heyneman Returns To Home Range

The Padlock Ranch
The Padlock Ranch
Wyoming rancher Heyneman, who grew up near Fishtail, Montana, has a personal family connection to the legendary Padlock Ranch and once left a big impression on Wallace Stegner
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Is American Prairie Reserve Taking The West Back To The Future?

A grassroots expression on the prairie
A grassroots expression on the prairie
With a grand vision for rewilding native species in eastern Montana, APR is spurring a huge debate over bison, private property rights, federalism and the survival of rural communities 
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Outdoor Recreation, The New West, Wildlife

Naturalist Says Outdoor Recreation Can Have Huge Impacts On Wildlife

What is the impact of recreation on wild country?
What is the impact of recreation on wild country?
Mountain bikers and hikers with dogs can bring huge spatial intrusions into wildlife habitat
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Private Lands, Ranching, Community

The Value Of Open Space: In The Gallatin Valley Citizens Voted For Protection With Their Wallet

Open space reminds us what's at stake.
Open space reminds us what's at stake.
Ag lands play a critical role in maintaining the integrity of Montana's fastest-growing valley. This is the first piece in an ongoing series touting the important role private land protection groups play in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem—and beyond
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Chronic Wasting Disease, Wildlife, Ecosystem Protection

Conservationists Sue To Halt Artificial Feeding At National Elk Refuge

Thousands of elk on feed in Jackson Hole
Thousands of elk on feed in Jackson Hole
With Chronic Wasting Disease likely already on refuge, action is claimed as necessary to prevent disastrous disease outbreak amongst America's most famous elk herd
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Art, Photography, Wildlife

Some Call Her 'The Owl Whisperer'

Ashleigh Scully's photo of brown bears
Ashleigh Scully's photo of brown bears
Ashleigh Scully is a rising Millennial star in wildlife photography. Enjoy a Mountain Journal interview with the conservation-minded phenom
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Community

In The Winter Of Life, Dreams Prepare Us For What May Come

Getting old need not be a season of dread. As Timothy Tate says, it can be an opportunity to embrace who we are
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Climate Change, Economy

What’s Up With 'The Green New Deal' And What Does It Mean For The West?

A massive open-pit coal mine in Wyoming
A massive open-pit coal mine in Wyoming
Lance Olsen boils down a familiar old battle to its basics as sabers rattle among coal interests in Wyoming and Montana
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Climate Change, Leadership, Outdoor Recreation, The New West, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly, Wildlife, Politics

The Perils Of Going Along To Get Along

Greater Yellowstone: a cradle of American conservation
Greater Yellowstone: a cradle of American conservation
What does it say about us when we have leaders who don't have the courage to act?
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Public Lands, Wildlife, Wyoming

The Power Of Words: How We Use Language To Justify Our Consumption Of Nature

A wolf in Yellowstone
A wolf in Yellowstone
MoJo columnist Susan Marsh waxes on how we 'harvest' living things to avoid admitting we're taking their lives
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Chronic Wasting Disease, Hunting, Jackson Hole, Wildlife

Public Health Official: Chronic Wasting Disease Seems Bound To Infect People

Bunched-up wapiti at National Elk Refuge
Bunched-up wapiti at National Elk Refuge
"CWD is gonna be a helluva wildlife problem even if disease doesn't reach livestock and humans," Osterholm says. He criticizes Wyoming for continuing to operate controversial elk feedgrounds
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development, Outdoor Recreation, The New West, Wildlife

Can Greater Yellowstone’s Wildlife Survive Industrial Strength Recreation?

Photo courtesy NPS / Adams
Photo courtesy NPS / Adams
A contrast between two different organizations—one devoted to tackling real issues shaping our region, the other running away from hard discussions about growing impacts of industrial-strength recreation
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Big Sky, Jackson Hole, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly, Wildlife

Boom-time Frenzy: What Kind Of Prosperity Destroys The Foundation It Is Built Upon?

The future effects of Jackson Hole spillover?
The future effects of Jackson Hole spillover?
Never mind Greater Yellowstone's super volcano, there's already an epic explosion occurring in some corners of the ecosystem. And it's called growth
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Art

Wild, Tangled Hair: How A Western Woman Got Her Groove

Anna Vanuga finding grounding
Anna Vanuga finding grounding
For Anna Vanuga, leaving Wyoming for Montana unearthed a new life through art. Her story will touch your heart
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Could This Be Your Writing Studio?

Imagine this as a creative muse
Imagine this as a creative muse
First-ever Greater Yellowstone Fellowship Offers $3500 to creatively explore America's most iconic ecosystem
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Bison, Yellowstone

Wallowing Unhappily In Yellowstone

Cursed cars: a Millennial tourist, among the record-breaking masses, admits to being profoundly disappointed by his front country experience in America's first national park
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Community

The War Veteran Who Had A Dream—In Which He Was Visited By A Midget

What drives your guilt and shame?
What drives your guilt and shame?
By courting the images that come to us during sleep and drawing upon their messages, our dreams within can help us achieve more meaningful, peaceful outer lives
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Conservation, Fine Art, Flyfishing, Photography, Yellowstone

Is Pat Clayton The Finest Fish Photographer In America?

Cutthroat trout
Cutthroat trout
With a sense of urgency, feisty spirit and an incredible eye, this talented witness turns wild trout and salmon into art muses for conservation
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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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Nature Without Borders, Wolves, Ecosystem Protection

An Ancient Rural Culture Deals With Wolves Halfway Around The World

Mongolian wolf
Mongolian wolf
MoJo columnist Rebecca Watters returns from a research mission to Mongolia where she tracked lobos, leopards and wolverines
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Why More Heat Means The End Of The Predictable World As We Know It

Climate has huge ecological and economic consequences
Climate has huge ecological and economic consequences
By not confronting the causes of climate change, we're setting ourselves up for huge economic and ecological impacts. A comprehensive analysis by Lance Olsen on this and the Green New Deal
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A Human Toll That Can No Longer Be Ignored: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Silence no longer
Silence no longer
Erika Ross gives a speech that lays out the magnitude of violence committed against women in Indian Country. Why has it taken so long to address this grave injustice?
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So Help Us God: When Faith Is Used As A Blunt Weapon

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming
With climate change, public land issues and other important matters before House Resources Committee, will lawmakers swear to God that they'll be seeking the truth?
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Man Who Killed Wolf Inside Grand Teton Pleads Guilty

A Greater Yellowstone wolf
A Greater Yellowstone wolf
Is fined $5000, receives probation and prohibited from killing wolves for a year. Also calls attention to larger issue of sport hunts allowed near national park borders
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What Can Greater Yellowstone Learn From Africa?

From sport hunting iconic species to giving local communities ownership over wildlife, Namibia may do things that drive some American conservationists crazy, but it has slowed and reversed the decimation of wildlife
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The Artful Angler

Life after government: Mike Gurnett celebrates wildlife in metal after being a spokesman for the natural world         
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Dreams: What Are They Trying To Tell Us?

What dreams may come?
What dreams may come?
Flowing forth from the streams of our unconsciousness are insights sometimes more profound and visions more real than what we know when our eyes are open
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Protector's Heart: From The Mouth Of A Young Woman, Hope

Wisdom of Youth: Teenager Florence Doyle brings powerful remembrance from Indian Country at 2019 Women's March
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Earth To Greater Yellowstone: Taking Note Of The Wondrous Planet We Call Home

"Earthrise," a view from Apollo 8
"Earthrise," a view from Apollo 8
MoJo columnist Susan Marsh reflects on the value of reflection. We all need to stop and pause
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Climate Change: Making Sense of Hansjörg Wyss's $1 Billion Stake In Our Common Future

Wyss: now is the time to rally
Wyss: now is the time to rally
Giving Back To Greater Yellowstone Can Also Mean Not Taking The Things That Sustain It
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Two Stories About Shung-mani-tu Tanka—The Lobo

"Young Wolf" by John Nieto
"Young Wolf" by John Nieto
Lois Red Elk Tells Different Tales From "Little Red Riding Hood"
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Navigating The Wilderness Within

Artwork courtesy John Felsing
Artwork courtesy John Felsing
Timothy Tate: Just as the backcountry brings perils, so, too, the mental space filled with charged emotions at the start of a new year. 
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Wolves, The New West

Robert T. Fanning, America's Premier Wolf Doomsayer, Passes On

The late Robert T. Fanning
The late Robert T. Fanning
Former Chicago businessman moved to Montana to hunt big game and enjoyed fame as a hater of lobos
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Burning Off, Grizzly Bears

Grizzly Matters: A Recap Of Court Actions Involving Greater Yellowstone Bears

A grizzly searching for connection?
A grizzly searching for connection?
When it comes to true recovery for America's most famous bruins, the focus is not on numbers but biological connectivity
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Finding Personal Transformation In Nature's Higher Ground

The Anderson Ranch photo by Louise Johns
The Anderson Ranch photo by Louise Johns
At the Anderson Ranch, "learning/adventure vacations" bring people together through fun, wildlife and stories shared around a campfire
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With Wildfires, It's Easy To Rake Trump Over The Coals

If only Westerners had more rakes?
If only Westerners had more rakes?
But MoJo columnist Steve Primm, a volunteer firefighter, says it's more important to heed the burning facts
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The Great Migration: As Money And Young People Flow Into Cities, Will The Rural West Survive?

Marysville, a ghost town
Marysville, a ghost town
Whitman College student Luke Ratliff visits with Mark Haggerty about the deepening urban-rural divide
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Hunting, Wildlife

A Death Of Ethics: Is Hunting Destroying Itself?

Coyote taken in Wyoming hunt
Coyote taken in Wyoming hunt
From killing baboon families to staging predator-killing contests, hunters stand accused of violating the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. Now they’re being called out by their own.
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Bozeman, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly

Ignoring Costs Of Growth, Climate Change, Rooted In The Same Mentality Of Denial

What does Bozeman want to be?
What does Bozeman want to be?
Tim Crawford says healthy landscapes are the underpinning of good living in Bozeman and all of the rural West
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Community

Conversations At The Holiday Table

The Savage Family - by Edward Savage
The Savage Family - by Edward Savage
Timothy Tate, MoJo's go-to psychotherapist, explores the stories we tell about ourselves
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Running Through A Human-Framed Masterpiece

A student tries to make sense of Ted Turner's attempt to restore wildness and ponders the role of bison and beaver as keystone species
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Teddy Loved NoDak: Land Of Prairie Light, Space And Multitudes Of Migrating Avians

Soothing North Dakota.  Photo by Josette Hayes
Soothing North Dakota. Photo by Josette Hayes
Before the Bakken made fortunes and a mess of the landscape, Jackson Hole naturalist Susan Marsh discovered a different kind of majesty
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The Golf Course Grizzly: First Hope Of Biological Connectivity For Bruins?

Will griz populations achieve linkage?
Will griz populations achieve linkage?
Scientists have long supposed grizzly populations between ecosystems might link up. David Stalling wonders when it will happen.
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Chronic Wasting Disease Hits Mule Deer In Grand Teton National Park

A deer doomed with CWD
A deer doomed with CWD
Dreaded deadly pathogen now literally among Jackson Hole's famous elk herds as thousands of wapiti arrive in valley for winter
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Late Autumn Harbingers: When The Sorrel Sunka Wakan Approaches

Sorrel horse by Medicine Bear
Sorrel horse by Medicine Bear
In the ancient elder tradition, Lois Red Elk tells stories of her grandmother.  Her poems lead us to a deeper reflection on the missing and departed women in Indian Country.
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The Drone That Stalked A Bear Cub And Nearly Pushed It Over The Edge

In a harrowing nature video that went viral, there's an unethical story behind the narrative
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At 50, Has The Inspiring Spirit Of The Wild And Scenic Rivers Act Been Forgotten?

Ansel Adams' tribute to The Snake
Ansel Adams' tribute to The Snake
Susan Marsh says Greater Yellowstone is a fount of wild American rivers—and trails— yet many citizens treat them only with greed or indifference
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Steve Bullock: When You Lose Rural Hospitals, Communities Die

Could a Montanan win The White House?
Could a Montanan win The White House?
Montana's democratic governor, who could contend for The White House, addresses the recent election and issues facing the rural West
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Dems Winning House Means Major Pushback To Trump's Anti-Environment, Anti-Science Agenda

The House has flipped
The House has flipped
Still, the Democratic National Committee remains clueless in dealing with rural West and heartland
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Did Two Montana Politicians Get Lost In Their Search For 'Honest Truth' With Public Land?

A copy of Rosendale's tweet
A copy of Rosendale's tweet
In their Paradise Valley photo op, Steve Daines and Senate hopeful Matt Rosendale appear to have trouble knowing the difference between private and public tracts
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Civil Society, Culture, Community

Every Mountain Town Has Local Versions of Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford

When we talk of justice, Timothy Tate the psychotherapist wonders about the message sent to American daughters
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Climate Change, Congress, Science, Politics

Stacking The Deck? House Democrats Say GOP Giving Industry Too Much Influence On Capitol Hill

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, chair of House Resources
U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, chair of House Resources
New report says fossil fuel interests dominate hearings on issues affecting American West
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Climate Change, Politics

Of Moose, Climate Change And Feckless Politicians

MoJo columnist Tim Crawford says true leaders say what we need to know, even if we don't want to hear it. And we need to elect them.
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Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly

A Search And Rescue In The Mountains Turns Up Something Far More Profound

The start of a search
The start of a search
MoJo's resident first responder Steve Primm didn't find the phantom victim; he stared into a problem created by growth
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Economy, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly, Community

Trouble in Aspen: What Happens When Working Class Employees With Affordable Housing Retire?

Galena Street in Aspen
Galena Street in Aspen
Should they be encouraged to leave in order to make room for the next generation of worker bees?
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Photography, Ranching, Together We Go: Women and Horses

A Johnson woman gathers a horse
A Johnson woman gathers a horse

The Horse Family

At the U-Cross Ranch near Roy, Nicole Johnson teaches her daughters to find strength in the saddle 
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Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly

Another Cost Of Growth: Will Voters In Bozeman Approve A Tax Hike For Better Public Safety Facilities?

More growth is bringing rising taxes
More growth is bringing rising taxes
Tim Crawford says the fire and police departments need new digs because of the development boom, but many citizens are already feeling overtaxed
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Whitman College Semester In The West

Western Epiphanies: Lessons From The Largest Mobile Classroom In America

Westies in the labyrinth of learning
Westies in the labyrinth of learning
Mountain Journal collaborates with students from Whitman College's "Semester in the West" who share their thoughts about issues shaping an iconic region
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Ranching, Whitman College Semester In The West, Yellowstone

Encountering The Modern Garden Of Eden In Two Variations

Critters in Yellowstone
Critters in Yellowstone
Noah Dunn contrasts public Yellowstone with a private ranch next door
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Op-Ed: Will Trophy Hunting Grizzlies Make The Wilds Safer?

For David Stalling, wilder the better
For David Stalling, wilder the better
Sportsman and former Marine David Stalling says grizzlies have been—and can be—managed without killing them for sport
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Imagine Making A Wildlife Movie Whose Lessons Save Your Life

Take home lesson: bear spray worked
Take home lesson: bear spray worked
Star in Bob Legasa's video about bear spray becomes hero in repelling grizzly attack
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Buy A Stunning Painting And You'll Be Supporting MoJo's Commitment To Conservation Journalism

Laughing at the Moon by Steve Osman
Laughing at the Moon by Steve Osman
Bozeman artist Steve Osman is donating proceeds from the sale of works to support Mountain Journal's investigative reporting fund
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Zinke Stops Proposed Mines On Yellowstone Doorstep and In Paradise Valley, Montana

Yellowstone River and Emigrant Peak
Yellowstone River and Emigrant Peak
But will conservationists, business community also support limits on other forms of 21st-century resource exploitation to protect ecosystem?
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In Hostile Times, Civil Servants Deserve Sympathy, Not Bashing

Civil servants caring for public lands, van Tighem says, deserve civility.
Civil servants caring for public lands, van Tighem says, deserve civility.
Kevin van Tighem, who once served as superintendent in Canada's equivalent of Yellowstone, has harsh words for the deteriorating tenor of social media
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Do We Need New Maps To Protect Nature Or A New Land-Based 'Mythology'?

Culture vs. science: what's more potent in saving wild places?
Culture vs. science: what's more potent in saving wild places?
Lee Nellis, a longtime planning guru in Greater Yellowstone, responds to Lori Ryker's call for a new blueprint in thinking about development
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She, Wi Mi Ma, The Full Moon, Is Ushering Forth Change

Wi Mi Ma, the Full Moon
Wi Mi Ma, the Full Moon
Lois Red Elk: the power of feminine energy isn't new; it's ancient and there in the sky
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Ode To The Autumns Of Our Lives

A migratory flock leaving Greater Yellowstone
A migratory flock leaving Greater Yellowstone
For naturalist Susan Marsh, fall is the season of visual warmth, and reflection on fallibility
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Let's Not Denude 'The Valley Of Flowers'

Timothy Tate asks: is it possible for mountain towns to grow without losing their soul?
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Reflections On The Fatal Grizzly Bear Mauling In Wyoming

A grizzly in Greater Yellowstone
A grizzly in Greater Yellowstone
Hunting guide's death is tragic and circumstances surrounding it raise many questions. A look at the nature of human-bear incidents
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When Bison Bellow Like African Lions

In Jackson Hole, a half-minute vignette of rutting bulls with the Tetons rising behind
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Atop The Ecosystem Custer-Gallatin Shines

In MoJo's new series "Beyond the National Parks," we explore Greater Yellowstone's longest national forest
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Gallatin Range Deserves Wilderness Protection: An Ecologist's Op Ed

George Wuerthner says one of Greater Yellowstone's most important wildlife areas is unprotected
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Big Art of Nature, Fine Art, Museums

Bierstadt Exhibition At Buffalo Bill Will Leave You Spellbound

Bierstadt's masterpiece
Bierstadt's masterpiece
The unprecedented assemblage of Bierstadt masterpieces is powerful window into changing West. Hurry, it runs through Sept. 30
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Leadership, Wildlife, Ecosystem Protection

Pondering Greater Yellowstone's More Crowded Future

Crowds at Old Faithful
Crowds at Old Faithful
Major scientific conference, 'Tracking the Human Footprint,' opens Sept. 11 in Big Sky. It is final hurrah for Dan Wenk
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Elk Medicine

Bull elk in Yellowstone
Bull elk in Yellowstone
Heh'aka brings healing and emotional protection in two poems by Lois Red Elk
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Media

Remembering Ed Marston

Betsy and Ed Marston
Betsy and Ed Marston
Former publisher of High Country News helped make it 'a voice for the American West'
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Co-existence, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly, Community

Denial No More: Bozeman's Boom Is Coming At A Steep Cost To People, Community

What vision is behind Bozeman's growth?
What vision is behind Bozeman's growth?
If growth produces "winners," then who and what are the "losers"?
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Architecture, Co-existence, Private Lands, Wildlife, Community, Ecosystem Protection

Mapping Nature To Build A Smarter Human Footprint

How elk move
How elk move
Wildness in Greater Yellowstone will survive only if people reject the destructive development patterns of everywhere else
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Chronic Wasting Disease, Wildlife

Wildlife Managers Want National Call To Action In Fighting Chronic Wasting Disease

A bull elk in Wyoming
A bull elk in Wyoming
At TRCP media summit in Bozeman, Wyoming's wildlife chief Scott Talbott reminded state feedgrounds at odds with disease science
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Mental Health, Community

Feeling Low? Even In Mountain Towns You Can't Escape The Blues

Anxiety tops Tate's list
Anxiety tops Tate's list
Timothy Tate, MoJo columnist and mental health professional, identifies the top five reasons why people seek his help
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Jackson Hole, Outdoor Recreation, Public Lands, Wildlife

Last Of The Old West: When The Thrill Of Wild Nature Isn't Enough

Is old Jackson Hole dead?
Is old Jackson Hole dead?
Jackson Hole and other mountain towns are losing their soul by being transformed into amusement parks. The question is why?
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Climate Change, Conservation, Science, Yellowstone, Wildlife, Ecosystem Protection

Yellowstone Checkup: How Healthy Really is America's Most Iconic Wildland Ecosystem?

Just a few of the species at risk?
Just a few of the species at risk?
New "vital signs" report says region's famous wildlife faring well, for now, but climate change and human development loom ominously
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Bison, Yellowstone, Wildlife

Sacred Survivors Of Near Extinction

Steven Fuller composes a visual rhapsody for Yellowstone bison
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Centennial Valley, Environmental Education

Learning, To Care Deeply For Mother Nature

The mighty Centennials
The mighty Centennials
In Montana's Centennial Valley, the Taft-Nicholson Center opens minds for life by immersing students in the wild unknown


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A Symphony Of Bodies And Water

Performance art featuring water and rainbows
Performance art featuring water and rainbows
Mountain Time Arts celebrates the West's most precious lifeblood and highlights the threats to its persistence
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Conservation, Leadership, Politics, Ryan Zinke, Wildlife

TR IV: Meet A Real Theodore Roosevelt Conservationist

 Teddy, Ted and Ryan
Teddy, Ted and Ryan
Great grandson of 'the old lion' calls moderate Republicans 'an endangered species'
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Culture, Private Lands, Ranching, Community

The Forgotten Westerners: 'East of Billings'

Good people on horseback
Good people on horseback
Beyond the hipster havens of Bozeman and Jackson Hole, the pain of small towns is real. MoJo's new columnist Alexis Bonogofsky will be sharing their struggles
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Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, Wolves, Wildlife

A Raven's Call Leads To A Hidden Lobo

A wolf like the one Camenzind saw
A wolf like the one Camenzind saw
During a hike in the mountains, what started with a few caws led to the discovery of a stealthily-observant wolf
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Bison, Yellowstone

American Bison Matador Faces Charges

Yellowstone tourist taunts bison
Yellowstone tourist taunts bison
After allegedly taunting a bison in Yellowstone and causing trouble in three parks, Oregon man arrested
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Conservation, Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, Media, The New West, Community

How A Gutsy Newspaper Helped Save The Natural Essence Of Jackson Hole

A view and habitat, saved forever
A view and habitat, saved forever
Grand Teton National Park, as we know it today, might not exist were it nor for truth-demanding media battling against real fake news
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'Yellowstone Live' To Wow At The Emerson

West Thumb Geyser Basin
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Lovers of America's first national park invited to free NatGeo event Sunday night Aug. 5 at Emerson in Bozeman
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Diversity, Forest Service

A Black Woman Who Tried To Survive In The Dark, White Forest

Melody Mobley
Melody Mobley
The Forest Service's first African-American woman forester reflects on sexual assault, justice denied, and racism in one of the country’s premier land management agencies
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Grizzly Bears, Hunting, Wildlife

Grizzly Or Black Bear?

How keen is your bear knowledge?
How keen is your bear knowledge?
As Wyoming moves toward its first trophy hunt of grizzlies in 44 years, it's a question that looms large. Is its "test" enough?
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Yellowstone, Wildlife

Magical Sometimes Mirthful Summer Moments From Yellowstone

What's your favorite summer memory from Yellowstone?
What's your favorite summer memory from Yellowstone?
More from "A Life in Wonderland": Yellowstone "winterkeeper" Steven Fuller shares an almanac of summer images from the center of America's oldest national park
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Grizzly Bears, Hunting, Wildlife, Wyoming

Bruin Lottery: Photographer Tom Mangelsen Scores A Wyoming Grizzly Tag

Mangelsen prepares to take aim at a grizzly
Mangelsen prepares to take aim at a grizzly
Jackson Hole conservationist plans to hunt a bear with his camera, not a gun
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Jackson Hole, Wilderness, Public Lands

Are We Seeking Escape To—Or From—The Real World?

Fireweed in Glacier National Park.  Photo courtesy Bernd Thaller
Fireweed in Glacier National Park. Photo courtesy Bernd Thaller
Naturalist Susan Marsh, a maven of the high country, helps us find an answer in the 'wildflower forest'
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Indigenous Wisdom, Poetry, Community

On Motherhood, Nativism And Immigration

Lakota mother and child
Lakota mother and child
Lois Red Elk offers two poems reminding that dreams of better lives are planted in the young
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Environmental Education, Intern With MoJo, Unplugged

A Millennial Navigates The World Unplugged

MoJo intern Sean Cummings went to a high school where digital trappings were forbidden, by design 
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When Nature And The Solace Of Open Spaces Aren't Enough

In Bozeman, some philanthropists are helping others improve their mental health by buying them sessions of therapy
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When Reality Bites

A Predator Tale
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Hunting, Leadership, Yellowstone, Wildlife

Yellowstone's New Chief Breaks The Silence

In a Mountain Journal exclusive, Cameron Sholly talks Dan Wenk, Ryan Zinke's controversial moves and taking the helm of America's oldest national park
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Grizzly Bears

Wide Awake In The Land Of Griz

Bear and hiker
Bear and hiker
Steve Primm in part 2 of his MoJo series asks, 'Are you really ready to explore bear country?'
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Cody, Culture, Community

The Draper: Another Greater Yellowstone Crown Jewel

Inside the Draper Museum
Inside the Draper Museum
Meet the Cody museum dubbed 'the Smithsonian of the West'
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A Summer Intern With MoJo

Greater Yellowstone
Greater Yellowstone
Meet Sean Cummings Who Will Be Telling Stories Of People And Places In Greater Yellowstone
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Grizzly Bears

Encounter With Grizzly—Part I: The Shooting

Mother bear and cubs
Mother bear and cubs
In three parts, MoJo columnist Steve Primm reflects on lessons from a hiker's killing of a bear in Wyoming's Wind River Mountains
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Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, National Park Service

Is David Vela The Next Chief Of The National Park Service?

David Vela
David Vela
Grand Teton park superintendent rumored to be top pick. Would be first Hispanic-American to oversee agency
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Wilderness, Wildlife

Why Do Some Politicians Seem To Loathe And Fear The Wild?

Conservationist Dr. Franz Camenzind says "there's a push to end American wilderness as we know it"
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Climate Change, Forest Service

In A Heating-Up West, Must Business-As-Usual Conservation Be Interrupted?

A firefighter strolls through a burn
A firefighter strolls through a burn
Lance Olsen says the movement of protecting ecosystems needs to change its thinking if it wants to save them
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Grizzly Bears, Jackson Hole, Wilderness, Wyoming

A Hunger For Solitude During Visitor Season

After the guests depart, Susan Marsh savors a wild Snake and charismatic megafauna
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Photography, Water

Terminal Flows

From the Great Basin, Jackson Frishman ponders a West when water runs out
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Leadership, National Park Service, Yellowstone, Politics

House Democrats Call Upon Zinke To Explain Forced Transfer of Dan Wenk

Trump, Pruitt and Zinke
Trump, Pruitt and Zinke
Ranking minority member of House Natural Resources Committee wants Interior Secretary to reveal why he is forcing Yellowstone superintendent out
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Family

Letting Go Of My Big Sister

Aging in America sucks, says Timothy Tate, but it doesn't have to be this way
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Bighorn Canyon Makes For A Splendid Summer Getaway

Ranger Todd Johnson offers an introduction to this national recreation area east of Greater Yellowstone
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Greater Yellowstone Photo Of The Day: Recreation Intersecting Wild Nature

One glimpse at ecosystem death by 10,000 scratches
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Sage Grouse: Why Is The Trump Administration Killing A Bipartisan Plan To Save The Bird?

 Greater sage-grouse
Greater sage-grouse
John Freemuth offers an overview of the politics affecting one of the most charismatic avians in the American West
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Why Wildlife Moves

Clovis culture hunters in Montana
Clovis culture hunters in Montana
Ecologist Lance Craighead digs into 13,000 years of natural history and ponders what climate change means for Greater Yellowstone
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Ryan Zinke Scores A Pyrrhic Victory In Yellowstone

Ryan Zinke at Yellowstone's doorstep
Ryan Zinke at Yellowstone's doorstep
After ousting Dan Wenk over bison, Interior Secretary now must decide: will he stand behind his controversial National Park Service Director?
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Cameron Sholly Named New Superintendent Of Yellowstone

Cam Sholly and Ryan Zinke
Cam Sholly and Ryan Zinke
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announces replacement for Dan Wenk
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Late Spring Dance: Life, Death And Renewal In Yellowstone

Steve Fuller, winterkeeper of America's oldest national park, takes note of Yellowstone's most dramatic season
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Traps Of Our Own Making: Climate Change, Blame And Denial

Lance Olsen lays out the undeniable scientific evidence that elected officials cannot ignore
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Yellowstone Notches Busiest May Ever

As visitation numbers continue to rise in America's oldest national park, what is impact on visitor experience and resources? And why is talking about it considered taboo?


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Yellowstone

Forced Out Of Yellowstone

Yellowstone Supt. Dan Wenk (photo courtesy National Park Service)
Yellowstone Supt. Dan Wenk (photo courtesy National Park Service)
Despite Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk’s desire to end his 42-year-career in America’s first national park, Ryan Zinke’s Interior Department demands he leave
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Beyond The Mountains People Tend To Shed Their Pretensions

Psychotherapist Timothy Tate heads to the Bucking Horse Sale in Miles City and ruminates on his first Montana home
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Second Person In Three Days Injured By Cow Elk In Yellowstone

Thirty-two-minute-old elk calf in Mammoth Hot Springs; Jim Peaco/NPS
Thirty-two-minute-old elk calf in Mammoth Hot Springs; Jim Peaco/NPS
In America's first national park, wapiti mothers are protective of their calves, no matter how docile they look
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Greater Yellowstone Photo Of The Day: Ursus arctos and Canis lupus

Yellowstone grizzly and wolf
Yellowstone grizzly and wolf
What does making space for bears and wolves on the landscape say about us?
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Honoring Šung'mayetu The Underdog

Coyote  Photo courtesy National Park Service
Coyote Photo courtesy National Park Service
From her home on the prairie, poet Lois Red Elk debuts two new tributes to coyote
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The American West's Uncivil War: Assessing Watt, Zinke, Future Generations

Students at Snow's Whitman College ponder the future of conservation
Students at Snow's Whitman College ponder the future of conservation
A MoJo interview with Don Snow. Part 3: how we got here and where the environmental movement goes next
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What Makes Yellowstone Stand Above The Rest?

After four decades in uniform, Dan Wenk riffs on what he loves about America's first national park
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With Conservation, It's Not Hunters And Anglers Versus Everyone Else

Former national director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service warns that conservation must evolve, not be stuck in its white past
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The American West's Uncivil War: When Northern Lights Burned Bright

In part two of MoJo's interview with Don Snow, he talks about living in the age of kakistrocracy.  Is it the death knell of public lands?
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Wildness Is All Around Us—Savor And Protect Yours

Yet only a certain caliber of landscapes support the wild life found in Greater Yellowstone and few other places on earth. How do we safeguard it?
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The American West's Uncivil War: What Would Wallace Stegner Think?

A MoJo interview with Don Snow about his native West. Part 1: seeing the region whole
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Conservation, Private Lands, Science

Ryan Zinke Now Claims To Be A Born-Again Conservationist

After angering millions of Americans for his brazen anti-environmental agenda, can the Interior Secretary win back the trust of citizens?
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In Tom Miner Basin, Horse As Extension Of Place And Self

The Anderson Ranch
The Anderson Ranch
For Julie Anderson, horses bring a grounding perspective in life in the wild Gallatins north of Yellowstone. Enjoy Louise Johns' new column and Western women and equines
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Greater Yellowstone Photo Of The Day: Grizzly Rug

Bear rug
Bear rug
Whether one favors hunting of Greater Yellowstone grizzly bears or not, this is the stark reality of what sport hunting means
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It's Now The 2050s. A Woman Reads A Postcard From Yellowstone In 2018

A lone hiker in Yellowstone's Lamar Valley.  Photo courtesy Jacob W. Frank/NPS
A lone hiker in Yellowstone's Lamar Valley. Photo courtesy Jacob W. Frank/NPS
Yale student Anna Reside ponders the future Millennials and GenZers will call their own
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Gallatin Valley's Tempest Of Growth

Bozeman as it is. Photo courtesy Montana State University
Bozeman as it is. Photo courtesy Montana State University
Headwaters Economics calls attention to alarming rate of disappearing open space around Bozeman. What does it mean for the wild Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem?
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Do You Live In What David Brooks Dubbed 'A Latte Town'?

Screenshot taken from 'Pleasantville' movie trailer (New Line Cinema)
Screenshot taken from 'Pleasantville' movie trailer (New Line Cinema)
The Conservative commentator's remarkable prescience in describing Bobos' quest to dwell in paradise
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A Daughter's Ritual To Make Peace With Her Mother's Death

After losing her elder to dementia, this client of Timothy Tate finds relief in dreams and fire
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Greater Yellowstone Photo Of The Day: A Coyote's Bison Buffet

A coyote neck deep in dinner
A coyote neck deep in dinner
Yellowstone winterkeeper Steven Fuller has a knack for capturing the extraordinary, like this coyote scavenging a fallen bison
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The Paradox Of Caring For Places You Don't Know Are Yours

Lion Geyser, Yellowstone National Park
Lion Geyser, Yellowstone National Park
For college student Franklin Eccher, saving Yellowstone for future generations demands raising awareness among those who believe public lands are irrelevant
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Mountain Trail Runner

MoJo's new young columnist Renn Meuwissen
MoJo's new young columnist Renn Meuwissen
Renn Meuwissen debuts a new column on exploring the delights of responsible trail running in the northern Rockies
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A Yellowstone grizzly on a bison
A Yellowstone grizzly on a bison

Greater Yellowstone Photo Of The Day: Griz On Bison

Yellowstone senior biologist Doug Smith went flying for wolves and found this scene
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Culture, Community

Imagine Foreign Invaders Coming Into The Land

Poet Lois Red Elk serves as translator on a road trip and pays homage to Ella Cara Deloria 
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Wilderness, Public Lands

Who Is Willing To Defend American Wilderness?

The Palisades Wilderness Study Area in Wyoming
The Palisades Wilderness Study Area in Wyoming
As attacks on wilderness and environmental laws rage, many citizens wonder why some prominent conservation groups seem to be missing in action?
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Architecture, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly

Dreaming of Grass Roofs

MoJo columnist Lori Ryker highlights organic architecture that celebrates place by blending into it
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Yellowstone

The Language Of Snow As A Vocabulary Of Place

For Yellowstone winterkeeper Steven Fuller,  special words describe the park's frozen world
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Economy, Guest Commentary, Growth—Good, Bad & Ugly, Ecosystem Protection

Beholding The Golden Green Goose That Hatched One Of The Richest Counties in America

Teton County, Wyo. Commissioner Mark Newcomb examines the cost—and dividends— of protecting a wild American ecosystem
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That Night When Gretel Ehrlich And A Jackass Moseyed Into The Cowboy Bar

Dewey Vanderhoff recounts a wild memorable evening involving a soon-to-be-famous author, roughnecks, cowboys and a male donkey in Meeteetse.
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The Story Of A River Otter Found Dead In A Snare

River otter in Yellowstone River; Neal Herbert; December 2015
River otter in Yellowstone River; Neal Herbert; December 2015
Wyoming naturalist Susan Marsh says it's high time that society had an adult conversation about the real impacts of fur trapping
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Yellowstone

Twilight Of The Winterkeepers

Steven Fuller portrait by Neal Herbert/National Park Service
Steven Fuller portrait by Neal Herbert/National Park Service
After nearly 50 years of solitude, Steven Fuller is a living legend in Yellowstone and an endangered 21st-century icon
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Yellowstone

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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Leadership, Yellowstone

Wenk: Tell People What They Need To Hear, Not What They Want To Hear

Yellowstone Supt. Dan Wenk (photo courtesy National Park Service)
Yellowstone Supt. Dan Wenk (photo courtesy National Park Service)
In speech at MSU, Yellowstone Park Supt. Dan Wenk issues a challenge saying time to save the ecosystem is now 
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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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Louise Johns on a day in the outback
Louise Johns on a day in the outback

Together We Go: The Ways Of Horses And Western Women

Photojournalist Louise Johns explores the special bond between ride and rider that defines our region
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Photo courtesy Mike Baird https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/323660913/
Photo courtesy Mike Baird https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikebaird/323660913/

The Dakota/Lakota Don't Wait For Godot, Instead They Have Hawks

Poet Lois Red Elk writes about avian messengers
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A bison bull in Old Faithful area
A bison bull in Old Faithful area

Bison Injures Visitor In Yellowstone

Idahoan tossed off trail at Old Faithful area by buffalo. First incident of 2018
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

Zinke’s Meddling With National Parks Reveals His (Lack Of) Character

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's latest controversial action could claim Yellowstone superintendent as a casualty
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