The Wildlife News – Renovation

Dear Subscribers,

Recently, Ralph Maughan, the founder of The Wildlife News, has turned over operations to myself and The Wildlife News will be supported and managed as a project of Sage Steppe Wild.

As you may have noticed, the site is undergoing renovations and is now accessible on mobile devices.

The Wildlife News will continue to be a source for news, analysis and opinion regarding the issues facing our public lands and the wildlife that depends on them.

We look forward to welcoming back authors who have written for us in the past and expanding the field of regular contributors.

As in the past, we will not shy away from complex or difficult topics and look forward to informed, fact-based, civil dialog on the issues that face our public lands and the wildlife that depend on them.

With this new step, I would like to ask you to forward a recent article to friends and associates who you think may be interested in the topics discussed at The Wildlife News and suggest they subscribe to get new articles, directly in their inbox, as they are published.

Jonathan Ratner, Editor






  1. Jerry L Thiessen Avatar
    Jerry L Thiessen

    Thanks Jonathan. I look forward to the new format of The Wildlife News and being able to exchange views on ecology and its implications regarding semi arid sage steppe management. This incredibly important but long abused ecosystem needs our greater attention.

  2. Chris Zinda Avatar
    Chris Zinda


    How does SSW differ from WWP?

    And, why does SSW not include the word “preservation” in its mission statement?

  3. Ida Lupine Avatar
    Ida Lupine

    Yes, very much looking forward to it!

    I want to thank Ralph and everyone involved for the opportunity to come here to discuss and learn about our beloved wildlands and wildlife. It means a lot.

    We’ll miss you Ralph, and best wishes you and thank you for your kind and respectful online conversations with all of us.

    1. Ralph Maughan Avatar
      Ralph Maughan

      Thank you, Ida; and thank you for the many comments you have made over the years

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Jonathan Ratner

Jonathan Ratner has been in the trenches of public lands conservation for nearly 25 years. He started out doing forest carnivore work for the Forest Service, BLM, and the Inter-agency Grizzly Bear Study Team, with some Wilderness Rangering on the Pinedale Ranger District. That work lead him directly to deal with the gross corruption within the federal agencies' range program.

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