Expand the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness
The Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness encompasses Montana’s highest peaks and some of the most extensive area above timberline in the lower 48 states. Photo George Wuerthner
By Phil Knight and George Wuerthner, Gallatin Yellowstone Wilderness Alliance www.gallatinyellowstonewilderness.org
It’s time to expand the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness in Montana and Wyoming. 300,000 acres could be […]Continue Reading →
Lessons From The Effort To Designate The Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness
The Lake Plateau, part of the 900,000-acre plus Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness. Photo by George Wuerthner
Years ago, I moved to Livingston, Montana. Livingston strategically lies at the northwest corner of the Custer Gallatin National Forest’s Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness (known as AB Wilderness). One of the factors that attracted me to Livingston was the AB Wilderness. […]Continue Reading →
Final Decision Of Upper Green Allotment Harms Bears
Recently the Bridger Teton National Forest (BTNF) released its final record of decision on livestock grazing on the 170,641 acres Upper Green River Allotment. The allotment includes the headwaters of the Green River north of Pinedale, Wyoming.The Upper Green River allotment contains the most superlative wildlife habitat in the entire Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), yet […]Continue Reading →
Griz Expert Says ‘Mountain Bikes Are A Grave Threat To Bears’
WHEN IT COMES TO SAFEGUARDING BEARS, SCIENTISTS SAY WILDERNESS-CALIBER LANDS, FREE OF RIDERS, ARE IMPORTANT TO BRUIN PERSISTENCE
Reposted from Mountain Journal with permission of the author, Todd Wilkinson (click at original link for photos)
— Does mountain biking impact wildlife, any more than hikers and horseback riders do? More specifically: could rapidly-growing […]Continue Reading →
Grizzly bear protection under ESA needed
Federal Judge Dana Christensen threw out the Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) decision to delist the Yellowstone grizzly bear and returned the bear to Endangered Species Act protection. The decision effectively precluded (for now) the hunting of the bear in Idaho and Wyoming.
The judge agreed with plaintiffs that the FWS […]Continue Reading →
Killing bears, wolves, and coyotes in Alaskan Parks
Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke has directed the National Park Service to reverse Obama-era directives implemented in October of 2015 that prohibited certain “hunting” practices in Alaskan national park units.
Zinke is attempting to reinstate the killing of black bears with cubs and hunting them with dogs, hunting grizzlies over bait like donuts and bacon, […]Continue Reading →
Why Delisting of Grizzly Bears is Premature
The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has decided to delist the Yellowstone grizzly bears, removing them from the protection given by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). And state wildlife agencies in Wyoming and Montana are anxious to start sport hunting the bears.
If you follow environmental politics, it is very clear why industries like the […]Continue Reading →
Montana’s Regulations for Hunting Grizzly Bears is challenged as illegal
BOZEMAN, Mont.— Animal protection and conservation groups filed a lawsuit last week challenging the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission’s illegal, fast-tracked adoption of grizzly bear hunting regulations that open the door for trophy hunting once the bears are stripped of Endangered Species Act protections. A final rule removing Yellowstone grizzly bears from the endangered species […]Continue Reading →
How do scientists make judgments that require consideration of ‘the best available science’ under conditions of high uncertainty? To gain insight into this question, we surveyed a group of grizzly bear researchers. We found that the majority of experts recommended continued listing of bears, and that experts who were employed by state and federal agencies […]Continue Reading →
GYE estimated grizzly population down by 43 bears, 6%, since 2015 say gov’t wildlife biologists
At the Jackson, Wyoming meeting of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee’s Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee (IGBC/YES), a population figure of 714 grizzlies was announced yesterday. In 2014 the number was 757. The latter is a figure close to the estimate of 750 […]Continue Reading →
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