About Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is a specialist in natural resource and environmental policies and politics. He is not a biologist. He was born and raised in Utah and Idaho. He has many years experience in Western public land and environmental issues. Maughan has written several hiking guidebooks in addition to academic books and articles. Maughan is also the President of the Wolf Recovery Foundation. Founded in 1986 as a nonprofit 501.C.3 tax deductible organization, the Wolf Recovery Foundation is dedicated to the restoration of wolves in the Rockies.

Hiking Guides by Ralph Maughan

Beyond the Tetons: A Backpacking Guide to Wyoming’s Teton Wilderness. Pruett Pub. Boulder, CO, 1982. Out of print.

Hiking Idaho, second edition. Formerly “The Hiker’s Guide to Idaho” Globe-Pequot $19.95 1984, 1990, 1995, 1997, 2001.

Hiking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness Areas.Published June 2000. Co-author Lee Mercer. Globe Pequot Publishing.

Email to Ralph Maughan
I want your messages. If I don’t answer within three days, email me again. I get a lot of email and some falls into “cybercracks”, so if I fail to answer I mean no offense. Short email tends to get answered before long ones. No middle school or high school student report information requests, please! Wolf reintroduction is a good topic. I’d love to help, but the number of requests for school reports can be overwhelming, but I am glad it is such a popular topic.

The Maughan Ranch

By Ralph Maughan

Here I am out riding on my ranch, a typical westerner.

How big is my spread? Well it’s about 700-million acres, but the funny thing is it’s your ranch too if you’re an American citizen. The ranch is our American public lands, our great national commons.

Trouble is there are a lot folks around who want to steal our land. . . plenty of them here in Idaho, but even worse ones in other states.

As for me, I want to put a few more wolves and grizzly bears on the ranch and run fewer cattle. I tend to favor real elk over “slow elk” and bighorn sheep over sheep. Some folks say that’s the wrong idea. Maybe it’s because like most westerners my ranch house is in a Western small city. For me, that’s Pocatello, Idaho.

As a real Westerner, as opposed to the mythical Westerner, I was born and raised in suburban Utah — Logan. Our family spent some time in Rexburg, Idaho, where my father (Ralph, I’m Jr.) coached at Ricks College. Ricks has since been renamed “BYU-Idaho. Dad (Ralph Sr.) finished his 37 year career as track coach at Utah State University. I’m sorry to say my dad died on July 3, 2006.

I am proud of my two daughters and 7 grandchildren!

We real westerners may be disenfranchised by our increasingly corrupt politicians, but I’ll never be quiet about it!

Note: I became Professor Emeritus of Political Science on July 1, 2007 after teaching 36 years at Idaho State University. So there will be more time for the outdoors and working on behalf of conservation.

About my blog

This blog replaces my old web site at http://www.forwolves.org/ralph. The old site will remain up because it contains ten years of wolf news I wrote. I see that many people use these old articles. I think they contain valuable data.

I like to write about much more than wolves. I seem to be one of the few bloggers who writes primarily about conservation and politics in the Idaho/Western Montana/Western Wyoming area.


  1. R. Erick Chizmar Avatar
    R. Erick Chizmar

    Thanks for all of your work and thanks for keeping us updated over the years. While we live in the Northeast, we tremendously value our last remaining wilderness and our last great wild animals. W/out people like you and others, it would be certain that big business-interests and developers would destroy what little we have left. Please keep up the good work and never stop fighting the good fight of what’s right.

    Erick & Carolyn Chizmar
    Philadelphia, PA

  2. Sasha Avatar

    Hello Ralph,
    Just wondering how bad the mange is in the wolves out west, unfortunately it’s still somewhat frequent in our wolves in Minnesota.
    Take care and kudos for the great work & info. you provide for all of us.

  3. Ralph Maughan Avatar

    Hi Sasha,

    I will answer this as a post on the main page, although I’m a bit busy tonight.

  4. Carl Racchini Avatar
    Carl Racchini

    Ralph, I only recently became familiar with your site. I just wanted to say I really enjoy it. Thankyou for your hard work and dedication. I was in Idaho about a month ago fighting fires. It is truely a beautiful place. Have you seen any updates on the Colorado Grizzly sitings? From Michigan, thanks again.

  5. Dana Avatar

    just wanted to say thanks,and I love the new blog style

  6. timethief Avatar

    I only came upon your site due to the new random “top” blog selection feature and I’m delighted I found it. All my best to you. 🙂