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The Heartbeat of Wild Places

February 4, 2024 // Feature story

Mountain King: If you lock eyes with this guy, you'll want some distance between you
Deep in the wildest terrain in the Rockies, a mysterious discovery tells the story of a battle between Montana's most lethal predators. And why we need them on the landscape.
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Two Wyoming Elk Feedgrounds in Limbo Amid CWD Concerns

December 21, 2023 // NEWS: In Short

Wyoming Game and Fish manages 22 elk feedgrounds across the state
As Wyoming Game and Fish assesses the viability of two Wyoming elk feedgrounds, concerns over the spread of chronic wasting disease at forefront.
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The 'Unprecedented' Decline of a Wyoming Pronghorn Herd

December 15, 2023 // NEWS: Dispatch

Heavy snows, coupled with a lethal bacteria rare to Wyoming, hit the state's Sublette pronghorn herd hard last winter
A brutal winter and rare respiratory bacteria killed thousands of pronghorn on one of the nation's longest migration routes. Now what?
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Dan Stahler: Yellowstone Wolf Project's New Alpha

October 27, 2023 // MoJo Profile

Dan Stahler recently took over as lead wolf biologist for the Yellowstone Wolf Project and is following some big footprints
The new lead biologist for the Yellowstone Wolf Project has big shoes to fill. He’s taking cues on resilience from mentors, science and the wildlife he studies.
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Members Of 'Buffalo Nation' In Yellowstone Deserve Better Treatment

August 1, 2023

Yellowstone bison straddling the danger zone along the national park border with Montana
Jaedin Medicine Elk (Northern Cheyenne) says the scene that played out just beyond Yellowstone's border with bison this year needs fixing, not a portrayal of it being a rousing success 
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Who Really Is Footing The Tab For Wildlife Conservation In The West?

July 25, 2023

Who should have biggest sway in determining fate of species
For decades, hunters and anglers have claimed they're the economic bulwarks for protecting species. But is it true? Also: Is it time that outdoor recreation users be asked to pay taxes on gear?
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How Greater Yellowstone Grizzlies Could Be Delisted And Remain Protected

July 18, 2023

A grizzly mother with cubs in Yellowstone
States are pushing hard to remove America's most famous grizzly population from federal protection. The primary reason is obvious. Why aren't we doing the same with bald eagles?
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This ‘Bearish’ Economy Is One Most States Would Love To Have

July 14, 2023

Totems of Greater Yellowstone's "bearish" economy
Often cast as liabilities and villains by politicians, grizzlies and wolves in Yellowstone region are bullish assets that keep delivering dividends—as long as they remain alive
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Headwaters' Report Highlights Downsides Of So-Called Green Lifestyle Economy

June 24, 2023

New glampground along Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley, enabled by weak planning laws in Park County, Montana
Environmentalists often condemn resource extraction, but is the 'natural amenity economy' built on industrial recreation, tourism and real estate sales better for wildlife?
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In Gallatin Gateway, Battle Rages Over Proposed 'Glampground' on Gallatin River

June 20, 2023

The Gallatin River and site of the proposed glampground called Riverbend
Since 2020, lawsuits and appeals dominate debate over 58-unit glampground planned for island in 'crown jewel' waterway
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To Stop A Grizzly And How Bear Spray Saved A Life

June 6, 2023

A large male grizzly approaches the camera in Greater Yellowstone
When a grizzly bear charged Keegan David, he had seconds to react. He shared his story with Mountain Journal.
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Famous Jackson Hole Grizzly 399 Wows Again, But Now What?

May 18, 2023

Model of Motherhood: 399 and her new cub out of hibernation
Emerging with her 18th cub as part of a historic legendary life, 399 is 27, long in the tooth and still transforming our perceptions of grizzlies. Now it's our turn to be on best behavior
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How Development Forced Bozeman’s Namesake Creek Underground

May 10, 2023

Do you see it? What is the water and land mosaic telling us?
The plight of Bozeman Creek is an indicator of how the health of waterways in Greater Yellowstone and the West are facing a multitude of damaging threats
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The Doggoned Truth—Domestic Canines Are Not Wildlife’s Best Friends

May 4, 2023

We love our pups but they're taking a toll on wildlife
The science is clear that our canine friends are seriously disrupting wild ecosystems, but why do we keep turning a blind eye? Do we want wildlife to persist?
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