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A 'Greater Yellowstone National Park': Is It So Far-Fetched?

August 8, 2023

A greater version of Yellowstone fit for the 21st century?
To save America's most iconic wildlife ecosystem, two prominent conservationists say in this op-ed that today's epic challenges must be met with grander bolder thinking. If not this, then what?
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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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A Bozeman Clearcut Leaves Mother Nature Homeless

July 27, 2023

The aftermath of a city-approved clearcut
Marcia Kaveney loves Bozeman's nature of place. But she and a lot of longtime citizens in Montana's Gallatin Valley are fed up with what growth is doing to wildlife and the landscape
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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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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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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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