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.

Latest articles

Read more about wildlife and management practices in America:

The Answer to Keeping Moose Populations Healthy? Wolves

If wolves “compete” with moose, why do the the largest moose populations and the largest wolf populations in North America exist together?   This article discusses some of reasons why the species are—in fact—complementary.   […]

2022 Winter Wildlife Near Yellowstone Park, in Idaho

Winter wildlife, 2022 at Pitchstone Waters.  

Restoring Bison at the American Prairie Reserve

Buffalo were the keystone grazing animals of the American Great Plains. At the American Prairie Reserve in Northeastern Montana, the plan is to recreate the world’s largest bison herd.   NOTE: this post was origibnally […]

Saying No to Glyphosate in Our Foods, Environment

Quoting sources for the article appearing below, ” … glyphosate is the most dangerous environmental chemical we face today due to its unique mechanism of toxicity, careless application, and pervasive presence.”

Church-Affiliated Ranch Balances Agriculture and Conservation in Central Florida

Deseret Cattle and Citrus, owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has been going strong for 65 years. This commercial farming and ranching operation is situated on about 295,000 acres in parts […]

The World’s Most Beautiful Shotguns

Purdeys may not be the most reliable shotguns built, but they are hands-down the most beautiful – and expensive.   NOTE: this post was originally published to this site on July 16, 2018.  

When Goats Become Firefighters, Not Everyone Follows Orders

  The article below discusses using goat herds to reduce the frequency and intensity of wildfire.   At Pitchstone Waters, we use goats every year. Their favorite food is leafy spurge –  a rapidly spreading […]

See Why the Mysterious Mountain Lion Is the ‘Bigfoot’ of Big Cats

Much like the legendary Bigfoot or Yeti, the elusive mountain lion has also acquired its own mythical status.   

Securing a Future for Wolves in the West

Another excellent article by the Property and Environmental Research Center (PERC) the free market conservation think tank based in Bozeman.   This one is about how to address people and livelihoods while achieving the essential ecological […]

Bridger-Teton Considers Phasing Out Two Elk Feedgrounds

These feed grounds are CWD “super-spreaders”, but they remain very popular.  

The Sounds of Elk

Most Texas elk hunters must draw permits in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico etc., pay many thousands of dollars and travel out of state for a chance to hunt free-ranging trophy elk. Yet, elk are native […]

Wolves and Moose at Pitchstone Waters

It’s springtime at Pitchstone Waters Ranch, which means that we can access our game cameras in the high forests along our boundary with the national forest, and see last winter’s photos. The game camera that […]

Understanding ‘Wild Horse Fire Brigade’ 

As discussed in the compelling article published below, “Wild horses that are restored back into their evolutionary roles as keystone herbivores naturally protect forests, wildlife, watersheds and wilderness ecosystems, which benefit through symbiotic grazing by […]

Desert Bighorn Sheep and Chukar in Nevada

A wonderful Desert Bighorn Sheep video from Nevada’s Department of Wildlife. The gamebirds are Chukar (Alectoris chukar), a much-treasured partridge originally native to the foothills of the Himalayas. American stock originated in Afghanistan and Nepal. Chukar […]

The Life and Legend of America’s Most Famous Wild Horse

Picasso is a nearly 30-year-old pinto who still roams free in the Sand Wash Basin in northwestern Colorado.   

Grand Teton Cull Ends With 58 Mt. Goats Killed, Primarily in Park’s North End

According to the article below, the National Park Service (NPS) has decided to exterminate wild mountain goats in the Teton-Yellowstone Parks because they (1) are non-native, (2) “compete” with bighorn and (3) might infect them […]

Tribute to Mule Deer

A wonderful video from the Mule Deer Foundation.   NOTE: this post was originally published to this site on June 11, 2018     

Yellowstone National Park’s Migrating Bison

As winter snow accumulations melt, a “green wave” of fresh growth moves upwards, into Yellowstone’s higher elevations. Bison follow the green wave and they pretty much go where they wish. All this reverses with autumn […]

Yellowstone Starts Bison Cull as Animals Migrate to Montana

As reported below, Yellowstone’s migrating bison are once again being killed because they carry brucellosis.   Yellowstone’s bison would not be a threat to domestic livestock if: 1) all bison were vaccinated against brucellosis and […]

Restoration of Beaver in Arizona’s San Pedro River

Beavers are a keystone species in desert ecosystems. See how beaver restoration is healing a degraded Arizona river and its Mexican tributaries.   NOTE: this post was originally published to this site on May 28, […]

Secrets of Marmot Hibernation

A family of marmots prepares for their upcoming hibernation in a den 6 – 20 feet underground. Fourteen species of this animal are found across the world.   At Pitchstone Waters we have the Hoary […]