Predators

Predators, more than any other wildlife, engendered fear and loathing, prompting an all-out assault through much of history.

Often painted as the enemy to livestock production and therefore frontier and later rural civilization, predators’ positive role in the environment was never considered.

Predators evolved alongside the herds they hunted. Predators keep herds healthy and strong by selectively culling the weakest members—the old, the injured, the genetically compromised and abandoned youngsters. In their pursuit of prey, predators also keep the vast herds on the move, protecting habitat by keeping the grazers from staying in one place too long.

When we look at nature’s big picture, we have to recognize the role predators play in the health of the natural world. True biodiversity must also include fangs and claws.

Latest articles

Read more about predators and management practices:

Fat Bear Week: It’s Time to Weigh in on Katmai National Park’s Biggest Bear

As described below, the amount of food – in the form of migrating salmon – available to Alaska’s coastal grizzlies is amazing, as is the size many reach after a season spent gorging on live […]

Far-West Texas Mountain Wildlife 1

First in a series of game camera photos taken in Winter, 2017.   NOTE: this post was originally published to this site on May 22, 2017  

‘Silver Bullet’ for Business: The Aussie Farmers Bringing Dingoes Back

As discussed below, restoring predators in the Australian outback has had very positive effects on habitat and animals.  

Grizzly Bear in Fatal Montana Attack Was Guarding Food Cache

“In grizzly country, it is a safe bet that if you find a carcass there will be a bear close by.  

Can Beavers Restore Far-West Texas?

Two so-called invasive species, cattle and beavers, have the power to restore desert habitats.   NOTE: this post was originally published to this site on April 12, 2017.

Wolverine

Quoting the producers, “Wolverines are also referred to as the glutton, carcajou, skunk bear, or quickhatch. Wolverines are the largest land-dwelling species of the family Mustelidae, carnivorous mammals that include weasels, badgers, otters, ferrets, martens, […]

A Death of Ethics: Is Hunting Destroying Itself?

Quoting the article below, “Hunting historians today say Theodore Roosevelt, as a student of science, would embrace the knowledge that touts predators’ important ecological role. They say he would be opposed to predator-killing contests and […]

Woman Is Killed in Montana Bear Attack

Limited bear hunting would make bears fearful of humans. Increased fear would help prevent bear attacks like the one described below. A healthy respect for people would also make poaching bears harder.   Because hunters […]

First Gray Wolf Pups Since 1940s Spotted in Colorado

“Quoting the article below, ” Wildlife advocates see wolf reintroduction in Colorado as a vital step in restoring the wolf more quickly to habitat stretching from the Canada to the Mexico border.”  

Conserving the Legacy by Wyman Meizner

“The outstanding scientific discovery of the twentieth century is not television, or radio, but rather the complexity of the land organism.   Only those who know the most about it can appreciate how little we […]

Wolves Scare Deer and Reduce Auto Collisions 24%, Study Says

Wolves reduce deer-automobile collisions. This saves more money than proven wolf depredation costs in livestock losses.  

Wolves Culling Deer Herds

Predators including wolves can cull weak or sick deer, elk and caribou much better than any wildlife “manager”. This makes predators the best means of removing CWD-infected animals from our wild herds.  

Drought Busters 101 : A 21-Minute Video on Desert Grassland Restoration

“Drought Busters” is an inexpensive, quick, physiologically and economically sustainable method of habitat and wildlife restoration. We call it Drought Busters because it increases effective rainfall by rebuilding soil fertility and the soil’s ability to […]

Endangered Science

“As discussed below, of the many unscientific decisions of wildlife “management”,  predator eradications are probably the worst.

In Montana, Bears and Wolves Become Part of the Culture Wars

All sides of this debate want similar outcomes: Healthy habitat and wildlife. We cannot get these unless we also consider the people who live with these animals, and their livelihoods.   Anyone who thinks or acts […]

Telling the Scientific Truth About Coyotes

“Coyote killing contests and indiscriminate coyote poisoning programs do not control coyote populations, and hurt the environment.

Wildlife Killing Contests – The Movie

The polite and restrained movie appearing below is not anti-hunting. In fact, it should be mandatory viewing for all hunters and wildlife lovers.   While most of the contests target predators, each shot fired damages […]

Redefining “Recovery” of Grizzly Bears

Here is the position of those who say that the definitions governing Grizzly Bear recovery should be expanded.  

Working Dogs – Farm To Fork Wyoming

Highly attuned to their partnership with man, livestock herding and guardian dogs are powerful and essential forces in the balance of nature and predation for today’s Wyoming rancher.

The Gray Wolf Leads the Way for Other Endangered Species

“Common sense advice on how best to advance wolf restorations, from the PROPERTY AND ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH CENTER of Bozeman Montana. PERC is the home of free market environmentalism.  

Washington State to Manage Wolves Within Borders After Fed Action

Quoting the article below, “Wolves were wiped out in Washington by the 1930s at the behest of the livestock industry. The animals began migrating back into the state from Idaho and British Columbia early in […]