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:

Grizzly Bears: The Fierce Predator of the North

Grizzly bears are at the top of the food chain, but much of their diet consists of fruit, roots, and grasses.  

Let’s Fix Our National Parks…

Common sense about how to fund our national park system.     Quoting the authors, “True conservation is taking care of the land and water you already have, not insatiably acquiring more and hoping it […]

The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation: an Analysis by PERC (Property and Environment Research Center)

The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation is the basis on which public wildlife and habitat is supposed to be managed in the United States. Central ideas are that science will govern decisions, and human […]

Largest Animal Epidemic in History Is Due to Factory Meat Production

The African Swine Fever outbreak, which has now spread to China, could result in the slaughter of 200 million hogs this year, in an effort to get the disease under control. Rob Wallace of the […]

Solving the Wildfire Crisis Requires Free-Market Solutions

Common sense ways to reduce wildfires.

Restoring Elk Country-Little Snowy Mountains Montana

Due to fire suppression and a lack of active management, forests can become unnaturally dense and overgrown…and that’s bad news for elk and other wildlife in need of quality forage and habitat. With that in mind, […]

Elk and Calves

A mother elk, her yearling calf and this year’s twins, captured in one of our newly-opened ATV trails at Pitchstone Waters.

Goats Eat Weeds – Farm to Fork Wyoming

In Wyoming battles between sheepherders and cattlemen are legendary and harrowing. With that turbulent history it is a little surprising that the daughter of an old Wyoming ranching family is a leading force behind weed […]

Common Ground: How an Environmentalist and a Logger Came Together to Save Arizona’s Forests

States like Arizona have led in common sense management of public forests and grazing.   To reduce wildfire and improve habitat, forests need periodic thinning by selective logging. Thereafter, forest floors can only be maintained […]

Are Elk Native to Texas–Historical and Archaeological Evidence for the Natural Occurence of Elk in Texas

This paper began as an effort to persuade Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to cease its efforts to eradicate elk on the state lands which it manages in far-West Texas. Our assumption was that […]

Citrus Farmers Facing Deadly Bacteria Turn to Antibiotics, Alarming Health Officials

Dr. William A. Albrecht, often called the “Father of Soil Fertility” was Chairman of the Department of Soils at the University of Missouri. He was dismissed as an alarmist when speaking about the problems discussed […]

Hunting Is Conservation – Hunting is Sustainable, Helps Species Thrive

The anti-hunter claim that hunting is not a sustainable model and the populations of hunted species will decline and no longer flourish is simply untrue.

Baby Moose at Pitchstone Waters

Our ATV trails attract wildlife like this little moose calf.

State-Owned Lands in the Eastern United States: Lessons from State Land Management in Practice

Quoting from the paper below, “Eastern states have been a source of experimentation and innovation in land policies, administrative arrangements, and management approaches — often with considerable economic and environmental success.”   These ideas would […]

Back to Nature: Making Money While Restoring The Land

Going against the grain has paid off for these beef producers and even encouraged other conventional farmers to change course.

Nesting Sandhill Crane at Pitchstone Waters

Here is a nesting Sandhill Crane at Pitchstone Waters. Tens of thousands of these birds winter on the Llano Estacado and parts of the Trans-Pecos, each year. The cranes have been making this annual journey […]

Who Gets to Own the West?

This article complains that private landowners won’t open their land to the public in Idaho, a state in which about 70 percent of all land already belongs to the public, but is mostly controlled by […]

Judge Cuts $55 Million From $80 Million Roundup Verdict

This is not a “victory” for Monsanto/Bayer. There isn’t enough money in the whole stock market to pay $25 million to every person Roundup has made sick.

Baby Black Bear Learns the Ropes

Bear Highway

“Pitchstone Waters and the Fall River valley is a bear highway. We estimate this one at 350 pounds. (View more amazing pictures on Pitchstone’s Facebook page.)”

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying a US Ranch

Here is a British financial analyst’s take on U.S. ranch ownership, which gets it partly right.   While most ranches don’t produce annual cash returns that remotely reflect their market value, that doesn’t make them […]