Wildlife

Wildlife, especially game species, capture human’s imagination.

They are iconic symbols of the health of our wide open spaces. Attempts to manage them as if they are industrialized livestock is ill-conceived and ill-fated. Wildlife are part of nature’s whole. To improve their future, we have to improve their habitat from the soil up.

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Read more about wildlife and management practices in America:

When the Otters Vanished, Everything Else Started to Crumble

Quoting the authors of the article below, “In the Aleutian’s delicate seascape, otters hold the entire ecosystem together. As they have disappeared, the rest of the local food web has started to crumble.

2020 Tony Coote AM Memorial lecture – with Allan Savory

The Mulloon Institute presents a unique opportunity to hear from one of the world’s leading experts in Regenerative Agriculture, Allan Savory, as he presents the 2020 Tony Coote AM Memorial Lecture.

Escaped Exotics Animals are Changing the Texas Landscape

Quoting the author of the article below, “There’s an idea that gets played with in progressive futurist circles sometimes: the notion of deliberately engineering landscapes to mimic our understanding of their past shape. Quietly, without […]

Save a Sage Grouse, Drop a Fence Line

“As discussed in the article below, barbed wire fences are dangerous to grouse. Apparently grouse don’t see the wires, so they fly in to them. Many are killed. As the authors explain, there are many […]

Releasing Beaver on the Fall River in Idaho, 5-Miles from Yellowstone Park

This video of Pitchstone Waters’ second beaver release during the summer of 2020 contains excellent remarks by staff of the Idaho Fish and Game Department.   Releasing Beaver on the Fall River in Idaho, near […]

Deadly Diseases From Wildlife Thrive When Nature is Destroyed, Study Finds

“As discussed below, much of what is wrong with human health originates in our agricultural practices.

Wildlife-Friendly Cattle Fences in an Idaho Forest

This is the most wildlife-friendly fence design that we have seen. It would work great on large properties, whether placed around perimeters or inside for pastures. It goes up fast and uses a minimum of […]

Elk Return to Kentucky, Bringing Economic Life

Elk were basically wiped out before a 150-year effort to restore them began. This animal has enriched every area to which it has returned.

National Parks are Being Overrun By Invasive Species

As this article points out, people introduce the vast majority of so-called invasive species worldwide.   What the article doesn’t mention is that we humans are the world’s most destructive invaders. Or, that of the […]

Stewardship with Vision, Episode 7: San Juan Ranch

This Western Landowners Alliance film by filmmaker Jason Roehrig features Colorado cattle ranchers George Whitten and Julie Sullivan, whose stewardship has restored and increased healthy biological processes while providing for a sustainable ranching model.

Hunting Is Conservation: A Paradox Explained

Quoting the authors of the article below, ” Non-hunters are often surprised to learn that it was hunters who spearheaded the conservation efforts that rescued our nation’s wildlife from the cusp of extinction. The truth […]

Allan Savory on Permaculture and Holistic Management

Here is a very interesting interview with the ecologist Allan Savory who, in the opinion of many, knows more about rangelands than anyone alive. He is best known for his discovery that global desertification can […]

Re-Establishing Beaver in an Idaho Meadow

At Pitchstone Waters Ranch on the Fall River in Idaho, we have been preparing beaver release sites for over a year. Here are our first 4-transplant beavers. The big ones weigh 80-pounds!   Our profound […]

Why Women Are the Fastest Growing Segment of the Hunting Population

Quoting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the article below the authors write that, “Of 143 drugs and pesticides likely to be found in raw [domestic] meat and poultry, 42 were known to cause […]

Bison Bunch Up to Protect Calves

Over millions of years, rangelands have evolved under grazing by nomadic herds that travel in mass, bunched up to protect both young and adults from predators. And, plants have evolved to need this. This observation […]

Beavers Rule the Roost at Crater Lake

Whether we are talking about bears, bison or beavers, the best safety rule with wild animals is this: “Do not invade their space.” It is amazing how often the rule is violated.  

25 Years After Returning to Yellowstone, Wolves Have Helped Stabilize The Ecosystem

As discussed in the article below, “by reducing elk numbers and thinning out weak and sick animals, wolves are helping create more resilient elk herds.”   This is true, but another likely reason for falling […]

Beavers Are Accelerating Climate Change in Alaska?

According to the article below, which repeats claims of CNN, beavers change climate. This is not correct.   Global climate has been warming for at least 15,000 years. Because climate has warmed, the habitable area […]

Pitchstone Waters’ “Chiveros”

This video is about Pitchstone Waters’ “Chiveros” – Spanish for goat herders. This team of Peruvian goat herders and their dogs have raised herding to an art.   Pitchstone Waters “Chiveros” from Christopher Gill on […]

Park Service, Forest Service Agree to Supplement Bison Management Plan

Imagine if bison were added to deer, elk, moose and pronghorn as migratory animals coming and going from Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, and the millions of acres of public land surrounding them.   […]

Culling of Bucks Doesn’t Lead To Bigger Bucks, Research Says

Western wildlife agency elk and deer managers should read this article.   For 40 years, culling, the removal of “inferior” bucks from deer herds, has been a bedrock principle and practice in Texas deer “management.” […]