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Bear Tags As Revenue Generators: How Much Will Wyoming Make Bringing Back Griz Hunt?

July 26, 2023

One of Grizzly 399's original three cubs, 587
One of the arguments states use in pushing for grizzly delisting is bringing back a trophy season to help them recoup money they've spent on bear recovery. Does the premise add up?
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Rick Bass: Let The Yaak Be Another Momentus First In American Conservation

July 25, 2023

A bull moose in the Yaak Valley rainforest
In this guest essay, the writer suggests that protecting old growth trees in the Kootenai could establish Montana as a national reference in confronting climate change
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Montana’s Climate Kids Should Adopt Wildlife As Their Mascot

July 23, 2023

What kind of landscapes are we creating for others to dwell inside?
Citing the state constitution, young people in Montana sued the state over climate change. Win or lose, wildlife conservation would strengthen their case with the public
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What it means to stand at the Crossroads of the West

July 20, 2023

Perception versus reality: The West ain't what you see in old cowboy films
In her latest book, "True West: Myth and Mending on the Far Side of America," Betsy Gaines Quammen takes a deep look into the myths of the West and how we our future lies in the balance
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Montana's Gallatin Valley And Wildlife Paying Big Price For Growth In Big Sky

July 18, 2023

From the air: Scattershot sprawl rapidly filling Montana's pastoral Gallatin Valley
What's happening near Gallatin Gateway, Montana is indicative, Robert Sisson says, of how developers are making profits but externalizing their costs on citizens and nature
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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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Grizzlies Spotted North Of I-90 Between Bridgers and Crazies, And In Pryors

July 12, 2023

Photo of grizzly taken between Bridger and Crazy mountains
Confirmed in new landscapes, bears on exploratory sojourns show how they can wander. Preventing conflict and being safe requires humans being aware and living smartly
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Where Have All The Pronghorn Gone?

July 11, 2023

Pronghorn bucks peek from behind sagebrush in the Lamar Valley
As many as 500 pronghorn once migrated along the "Path of the Pronghorn." In 2023, biologists counted 25.
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The World Loses Wildlife Art's Greatest Champion

July 6, 2023

 Bill Kerr, who helped create a global destination for wildlife art in Jackson Hole
Bill Kerr passes at 85. In Jackson Hole, his vision led to creation of the National Museum of Wildlife Art, a shrine for those globally who value connections between art and nature
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In Montana, Four Different Polls Say Citizens Seriously Unhappy About Sprawl

July 5, 2023

Paradise Valley/Park County as interpreted by painter Robert Spannring
North of Yellowstone, no-zoning signs fly like protest flags but residents of beautiful Park County are deeply concerned lack of planning is causing the loss of places they love
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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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Do We Need New Maps To Protect Nature Or A New Land-Based 'Mythology'?

June 23, 2023

Livingston, Montana and the apron of protected land around it, but for how long?
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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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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