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:

Fish Crossing – Sweetwater Texas

“Now we know something besides chickens and crawdads cross the road to get to the other side.”

Why Do at Least Half of All Adult Coho Salmon Returning to Urban Streams in the Seattle Area Die Each Fall Before Spawning?

According to the article below, a chemical used to stabilize automobile tires is washing into streams where silver salmon spawn, and killing them.   Many of the chemicals, fertilizers, hormones and other additives that are […]

Weather-Upending La Niña Is Headache for Farmers World-Wide

“According to the article below, “La Niña 2020 has evolved quicker and with stronger intensity than many leading climate models predicted.”

Wildlife Using a Log Bridge in Pennsylvania

This multi-season video shows bears, deer, bobcats, grouse, beavers and many other species crossing or swimming under a log which has fallen across a Pennsylvania stream. Credit: Robert Bush.  

One of the Pandemic’s Big Winners: Hunting

“According to the article below, hunting has surged during the Covid pandemic. Reversing decades of decline, hunting license sales have increased 12 percent nationwide, as 1,000,000 new hunters took up the sport.  

Incentivizing Wildlife Stewardship

The Endangered Species Act has prevented 99% of listed species from going extinct, but only 2% of listed species have actually recovered. Property & Environment Research Center (PERC) believes we can do better.  

First Feedground-Region Elk Contracts CWD

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a rapidly spreading, invariably-fatal brain disease which is decimating North American deer and elk. It is now found in Yellowstone and Grand Teton’s elk.   In addition, the herds of […]

Well-Employed During the Crisis: Landscaping Goats

Property owners worried about fire dangers should be considering goats and mechanical clearing as a safer and cheaper alternative to costly, dangerous and very unpopular prescribed burns.   In addition to safety and cost, goats […]

Markets for Conservation: Reining in the Wild Horse Crisis

There are more wild horses and burros on the public landscape allotted to them than that range can sustain. Beautiful as they are, these animals are degrading the range and they compete for water and forage with […]

Ungulate Migrations of the Western United States, Volume 1

  In 2019, the U.S. Geological Survey completed analyses necessary to map mule deer corridors, stopovers, routes and winter ranges in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. A total of 26 corridors, 16 migration routes, 25 stop-overs, […]

Wild Horses in America: Lemons or Lemonade?

The reason horses do so well in our wild environments is because they belong here. Classifying wild horses as exotics makes sense only to those who are unaware of our continent’s natural history.   For […]

Redefining “Recovery” of Grizzly Bears

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

Addressing Brucellosis Will Help Ranchers and Wildlife

Quoting the PROPERTY AND ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH CENTER (PERC) article below, “Because ranchers bear the cost of brucellosis—and the stress of the very real possibility of transmission of the disease—they are understandably reluctant to have elk […]

Livestock: A Powerful Tool for Wildfire Control

Quoting the article below, “Livestock grazing is also proposed as a potential solution for wildfires such as those that have devastated several western states this year. Researchers with the University of California Cooperative Extension are […]

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.

Clovis and the First North Americans

At some time around the end of the last ice age, about 11,500 years before present (“BP” is defined as 1950 AD), the first human hunter-gatherer groups entered North America, where they encountered diverse environments […]

Bears and Roosevelt Elk on Vancouver Island

Roosevelt’s Elk (Cervus canadensis roosevelti) – is the largest elk in body size – but not antler size – of all elk subspecies. Mature bulls weigh from 700-1200 lbs with very rare large bulls weighing […]

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.  

Fishing and Managing Idaho Alpine Lakes

Very few high mountain lakes had fish before stocking began in the 1940s.

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 […]

Colorado Voters Approve Gray Wolf Reintroduction

Quoting the article below, “Colorado is the first state to reintroduce wolves at the direction of voters rather than federal wildlife biologists working under the Endangered Species Act.”