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Counting Cougars

July 11, 2024 // OPINION: Essay

The elusive and magnificent "Ghost of the Rockies" in its element.
In this guest essay, photographer and Yellowstone guide MacNeil Lyons recounts the top 10 most thrilling mountain lion sightings he's experienced.
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Have Wolves Returned Yellowstone to its Natural State?

May 24, 2024 // NEWS: Feature

Reintroduced into Yellowstone in 1995, wolves have had major impacts on Yellowstone National Park. Some scientists are wondering, to what extent?
Wolves have affected the ecosystem in the park, but new study says they may be just one component of a trophic cascade.
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Grizzly Hunting is Trophy Hunting

May 23, 2024 // OPINION: Op-ed

The future of grizzly bears will likely be decided this summer
In this op-ed, a former Yellowstone park ranger turned independent grizzly bear researcher writes that states will institute grizzly bear hunting if grizzlies lose protection under the Endangered Species Act.
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The Healing Nature of Nature Therapy

May 8, 2024 // OPINION: Essay

Sun shines in Yellowstone's Lamar Valley
In a world stuffed with technology and distraction, Bradley Orsted reaches out to touch the natural world in Greater Yellowstone.
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Can a Groundwater Recharge Program Save Teton Valley's Farmers?

April 8, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

The aquifer in Idaho's Teton Valley has been diminishing for years. One local group is hoping to change its trajectory.
In Teton Valley, Idaho, where water is as precious as its native trout, irrigators and environmental groups have teamed up to recharge the area’s diminishing aquifer. In the process, they want to do something novel: find someone to pay farmers for the effort.
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If Grizzlies Delisted, Here's What Montana Plans to do

April 3, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

Montana FWP says not much will change in terms of grizzly bear management. Not everyone agrees.
Is the Treasure State’s proposed Grizzly Bear Management Plan really a grizzly hunting plan?
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A Tale of Two Revivals: How Yellowstone Helped Return Wolves to Colorado

March 31, 2024 // NEWS: Feature

Colorado's Proposition 114 brought wolves back to the Centennial State. It was was the first voter-led wildlife reintroduction in American history.
In 1995, the gray wolf was reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park. Nearly 30 years later, Colorado has done the same. How will it play out?
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A Fusion of Western Artists

March 12, 2024 // MoJo Interview

Cary Morin: an artist on an artist
Mountain Journal speaks with singer-songwriter Cary Morin about his latest album release, a collection of songs inspired by Montana artist Charlie Russell's paintings. 
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Hearing the ‘Hush of the Land’

March 5, 2024 // MoJo Interview

Legendary outfitter Smoke Elser's new book "Hush of the Land" is published this month
Smoke Elser and Eva-Maria Maggi discuss their new book, Hush of the Land, chronicling decades of mule-packing trips in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
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GUEST LETTER: FWP Misses the Mark on Grizzly Delisting

February 28, 2024 // OPINION: Guest Letter

Grizzly bears are facing the possibility of being delisted. Are the states ready?
Chris Servheen, former grizzly bear recovery coordinator with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and five wildlife experts say Montana isn't ready to remove grizzly bears from the Endangered Species List.
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Meet me in Fairyland

February 27, 2024 // OPINION: Essay

The "Totem Forest" of Fairyland Basin in all its magic
In his latest essay, MoJo contributor Todd Burritt examines nature, friendship and the enduring magic of Yellowstone's backcountry.
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As Wildfire Season Looms, Firefighters Battle Low Pay and Low Snow

February 20, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

Wildland firefighters on their commute to the office
The Wildland Firefighter Paycheck Protection Act could permanently raise federal firefighter salaries. But even if Congress can pass it, the proposed legislation still isn’t a perfect fix. 
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Premiere of the Queen

February 15, 2024 // NEWS: Dispatch

As a 25-year-old mother in 2020, Grizzly 399 emerged from hibernation with four cubs
Grizzly 399 is the most famous bear in the world. The new film, 399: Queen of the Tetons, makes its world premiere at Missoula’s Documentary Film Festival on Feb. 16
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In Cadence: ‘Mni Wiconi’ and the Great Observers

January 16, 2024 // OPINION: Essay

The Yellowstone River runs north from Yellowstone National Park nearly 700 miles to its confluence with the Missouri
Recalling the 2016 Standing Rock demonstrations protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, a Lakota woman reflects on the rhythm and power of water.
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