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:

California Aims to Tap Beavers, Once Viewed as a Nuisance, to Help With Water Issues and Wildfires

Quoting the article below, “There’s been this major paradigm shift throughout the West where people have really transitioned from viewing beavers strictly as a nuisance species, and recognizing them for the ecological benefits that they […]

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 […]

Farmer Videos Grizzlies Frolicking On His Potato Farm

These animals were probably orphaned cubs. They became increasingly aggressive through the summer. They were killed by IGFA agents in early September.  

One Creature Changed the Countryside and Our Lives More Than Any Other. Meet the Horses That Built Britain

As discussed in the article below, horses evolved in the Americas, and crossed to Europe and Asia during previous ice ages.   Domestic horses are central to human civilizations – including those of North America. […]

After Dinner Guest: American Pine Marten

“When we cook on the porch this voracious little guy shows up.  

Bear Activity, Conflicts Pick up in Teton Area

“As discussed below, human-bear conflicts are usually caused by food left out by humans, and for that reason can mostly be managed. Quoting the authors, “A few miles northwest of Jackson, the recent incident in […]

Fuel, Fire, and Wild Horses

Wildfire continues to devastate the American West at increasing rates. According to some, the plan that could combat the danger of forest fire lies in the complicated history and present role of the wild horse. […]

Everybody Knew the Invasive Grass of Maui Posed a Deadly Fire Threat, but Few Acted

As discussed below, the Lahaina fires were caused by excessive dry fuel accumulated over many years.    The only sustainable way to control this dangerous buildup is by grazing. But common sense is stopped by […]

Woman Is Killed by a Bear Near Yellowstone, Officials Say

As discussed below, grizzly populations are expanding, and human-grizzly conflicts are increasing.   This inevitably leads to more bears being killed by agencies charged with removing problem bears and humans defending themselves. It also prompts […]

Carbon Offset Market Opens to Small Southern Timberland Owners

Here is a good article about using carbon credits to encourage private landowners to engage in better forestry practices.   While most carbon credits are environmentally and economically dubious, if we insist on these subsidies, […]

Pitchstone Waters’ Trespass Suppression Associate

Pitchstone Waters’ Trespass Suppression Associate      Another quick view of the bear…    

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.     […]

How China Is Destroying American Farmland

“What the pig factories are doing to the environment – and who owns them.   Meanwhile millions of free-ranging wild pigs are shut out of the domestic food supply, through the actions of the big […]

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 […]

Redefining “Recovery” of Grizzly Bears

Here is the position of those who say that the definitions governing Grizzly Bear recovery should be expanded.     NOTE: this post was originally published to this site on January 18, 2021

The American Heritage of Wild Horses

As discussed in the article below, horses DID NOT arrive in the Americas around 1492: They were already there.   Horses evolved in the Americas; horses did not exist anywhere else before 17,000 years ago. […]

The Role of Ruminants in Environmental Health

An excellent video from the Savory Center for Holistic Management, in Zimbabwe.      The thinking described is largely missing from the management of our public ranges, forests, and national parks, even though ALL […]

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 Epic Battle for Female of the Rocky Mountains Bighorn Sheep

“Bighorn rams fight for herd dominance in this great video.  

Kerr, the Man Behind Jackson Hole’s National Museum of Wildlife Art

As discussed in the article below, “Art portraying wild animals of the American West had been created since artists trailed early explorers and exploiters into the region. But there was something about the subjects being […]

Fishing and Managing Idaho Alpine Lakes

Very few high mountain lakes had fish before stocking began in the 1940s.     NOTE: this post originally was published to this site on December 29, 2020

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