A Letter From: The Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

British Painter Julie Askew Ventures Into The Dale Of Wild Wolves and Goes ‘Eye to Eye’

Rather than post the story about the ignorant Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks new wolf quota for 2010, I am running this story and artwork by an English painter published in the latest Wildlife Art Journal. Todd Wilkinson of the WAJ has made this available for free for several days. It lifts my spirits to see the beauty portrayed by someone who seems more than cattle.

A Letter From: The Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park. By Julie Askew. Wildlife Art Journal

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Here is another photo essay from the Wildlife Art Journal. The Great Aerial Plains: Christopher Boyer’s Amazing Views From The Sky. These are beautiful and horrible photos of how the Plains actually are. It’s horrible ones — not fun to take, but are probably the most important.


  1. Chris Harbin Avatar
    Chris Harbin

    Beautiful work by Ms. Askew and an equally nice respite from the unfortunate negativity that often surrounds our topics – thanks Ralph!

  2. Jon Way Avatar

    Good choice Ralph as MT is digging themselves a hole by the day in helping Molloy with making an easier decision. Why don’t they go for a straight 250 to remove half the population….

  3. Rita K.Sharpe Avatar
    Rita K.Sharpe

    Thank you,Ralph,for posting this piece and it is a nice break.

  4. Nancy Avatar

    Loved the Border Patrol. Will have to dig alittle deeper and see if she’s had prints made from the originals.

  5. Maska Avatar

    Thanks for both links. Boyer’s photographs are amazing. The only danger is that they make such things as enormous cattle concentration camps and piles of abandoned tires appear almost beautiful, in a perverse sort of way.

    The one of the bright yellow “ag plane” from above is a painful reminder of the time we watched a similar plane from Wildlife Services (sic) heading out to shoot a young Mexican gray wolf from the Saddle Pack, who had the temerity to kill some cattle. They didn’t get him that day, but the following day they succeeded. It only took them four days, two planes, several vehicles and ground personnel, and presumably, a big expenditure of our tax dollars to get revenge. And one dead endangered lobo.

  6. SEAK Mossback Avatar
    SEAK Mossback

    Very nice! I remember my mother who was a school teacher and very much up on both Montana and Yellowstone history and conservation issues telling me there was quite a fight put up by homesteaders and/or cattle industry to have the Lamar Valley excluded from the park. She mentioned it when we were driving through with an old family friend who was a retired Idaho rancher and real estate developer. He said “Boy, I can see why they wanted it!”

    I’m glad they didn’t get it.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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