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

April 27, 2019 // Culture, Guest Commentary, Politics, Ranching

Bob Staffanson on a cattle drive.
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 Artful Angler

January 23, 2019

Mike Gurnett and giant fly
Life after government: Mike Gurnett celebrates wildlife in metal after being a spokesman for the natural world         
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Robert T. Fanning, America's Premier Wolf Doomsayer, Passes On

January 7, 2019 // The New West, Wolves

Robert T. Fanning (1949-2018)
Former Chicago businessman moved to Montana to hunt big game and enjoyed fame as a hater of lobos
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Grizzly Matters: A Recap Of Court Actions Involving Greater Yellowstone Bears

January 6, 2019 // Burning Off, Grizzly Bears

A griz in search of connectivity?
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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The Golf Course Grizzly: First Hope Of Biological Connectivity For Bruins?

November 27, 2018

A grizzly in the northern Rockies
Scientists have long supposed grizzly populations between ecosystems might link up. David Stalling wonders when it will happen.
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Op-Ed: Will Trophy Hunting Grizzlies Make The Wilds Safer?

October 14, 2018

How tame the backcountry?
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

October 14, 2018

Image from Bob Legasa's bear spray video
Star in Bob Legasa's video about bear spray becomes hero in repelling grizzly attack
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Gallatin Range Deserves Wilderness Protection: An Ecologist's Op Ed

September 6, 2018

A view of the Madisons from the Gallatins
George Wuerthner says one of Greater Yellowstone's most important wildlife areas is unprotected
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Why Do Some Politicians Seem To Loathe And Fear The Wild?

July 2, 2018 // Wilderness, Wildlife

Jedediah Smith Wilderness
Conservationist Dr. Franz Camenzind says "there's a push to end American wilderness as we know it"
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In A Heating-Up West, Must Business-As-Usual Conservation Be Interrupted?

July 1, 2018 // Climate Change, Forest Service

Photo courtesy US Dept of Defense
Lance Olsen says the movement of protecting ecosystems needs to change its thinking if it wants to save them
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Sage Grouse: Why Is The Trump Administration Killing A Bipartisan Plan To Save The Bird?

June 19, 2018

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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The American West's Uncivil War: Assessing Watt, Zinke, Future Generations

June 3, 2018

Students gaze into the future and past of the American West
A MoJo interview with Don Snow. Part 3: how we got here and where the environmental movement goes next
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Zinke’s Meddling With National Parks Reveals His (Lack Of) Character

May 1, 2018

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's latest controversial action could claim Yellowstone superintendent as a casualty
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The Mighty Absaroka-Beartooth Is 40

April 9, 2018

The Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness towering over Yellowstone
In this two-part tribute, writer Ed Kemmick celebrates not only landmark wilderness in Greater Yellowstone but Lee Metcalf, the senator who made it happen
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