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Louisa Willcox, Senior Wildlife Advocate, Livingston, Montana

Louisa Willcox

NRDC's Senior Wildlife Advocate Louisa Willcox is based in Livingston, Montana. From 1997-2002 she served as project coordinator for the Sierra Clubs Grizzly Bear Ecosystems Project, a campaign to recover the grizzly in the lower 48 states. From 1985-1995, Louisa served as program director for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, where she managed the program staff, and directed the advocacy efforts of the Coalition. She has an M.S. from the School of Forestry at Yale University and a B.A. from Williams College in Williamstown, MA

Recent Posts

Is the proposal to hunt Yellowstone grizzlies based on sound science and public support?

Posted January 9, 2013 by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Photo courtesy of Creative Commons: photograher Bruce McKay, Yellow Snow Photography The Dec. 29 opinion piece in the Billings Gazette by Scott Talbott of Wyoming Game and Fish and Harv Forsgren of the US Forest Service claimed that sport...continued

Cougars, Goats and a Family Tragedy

Posted October 4, 2012 by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Not long ago, in the middle of the night, two mountain lions killed and ate two of our three goats.  These goats, Annie and Man-Goat, had been pets for eight years.  They went on walks with us, play butted with...continued

Department of Interior again prejudges science related to Yellowstone grizzly bears

Posted August 15, 2012 by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Photo courtesy of Doug McLaughlin In a July 19th letter to Wyoming Governor Matthew Mead, Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar said that scientific analysis currently underway on the relationship between whitebark pine and grizzly bears would bolster...continued

On Yellowstone Grizzlies: FWS unfairly dismisses conservation groups and judges

Posted June 29, 2012 by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Photo courtesy of Creative Commons: photograher Bruce McKay, Yellow Snow Photography I was really bummed to see the recent and sadly misleading Outside magazine article:  “Are Hungry Bears in Yellowstone Attacking Humans for Food?,” online.  They usually have great...continued

A potential "win/win" solution to conflicts with wolves and grizzly bears hits bumps

Posted June 20, 2012 by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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On Monday an amendment to the Farm Bill failed that had been proposed by Montana senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus to help livestock operations and the conservation of wolves and grizzly bears.  In this era of political and...continued

Grizzly managers put the cart before the horse

Posted May 1, 2012 by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Recent statements made at the Yellowstone grizzly bear subcommittee meeting show that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is again putting a political agenda ahead of science, when it comes to decisions affecting the future of the Yellowstone...continued

Bear pepper spray works

Posted April 6, 2012 by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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                                  Whitney Leonard of NRDC's Montana office A few week ago, there was a lively discussion about the effectiveness of bear pepper spray at the International Human/Bear conflict workshop in Missoula.  The conclusion of over 300 experts pointed to...continued

More Bear Magic, with Implications for Medicine

Posted March 20, 2012 by Louisa Willcox in Health and the Environment, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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A recent study of hibernating black bears revealed another medical miracle unique to bears: these snoozing bears were able to heal cuts and wounds as fast as they would if their bodies were warmer and active. This is not supposed...continued

Why the Gallatin Range deserves to be preserved

Posted February 22, 2012 by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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The 229,000 acre roadless portion of the Gallatin Range in Montana deserves protection by Congress as Wilderness. It is the largest part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem that is wild yet still not part of the national wilderness system....continued

Why we need to protect Alberta's Castle wildlands

Posted January 17, 2012 by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Today I got an update from my friends in Alberta about a protest underway to save critical wildlands in the Castle area of southwest Alberta. Despite the frigid winter temperatures, 50 or so friends of the Castle have banded together...continued

Photos and perspectives of the November, 2011 Keystone XL Pipeline protest

Posted January 13, 2012 by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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It has taken me a while to process the many photos I took at the Nov 6, 2011 Keystone XL pipeline protest that involved encircling the White House, but I got a few good ones that I would like to...continued

Relegating Grizzly bears to the national parks?

Posted December 7, 2011 by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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What will it take to recover Yellowstone grizzlies? Well, most everyone agrees the main thing is to provide bears with access to secure habitat and food. Scientists and wildlife managers have also long agreed that there isn't enough of either...continued

More misleading statements about grizzly bears by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Posted October 21, 2011 by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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The October 2nd article in the Missoulian also contained another misleading statement by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator Dr. Chris Servheen about public support for bear recovery. Dr. Servheen said: “If we are blocked by the...continued

It's getting old: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service undermines the public trust regarding grizzly bears, again

Posted October 18, 2011 by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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In an October 2nd article in the Missoulian, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator Dr. Chris Servheen made several statements that undermined the broader public interest in grizzly bears, and were misleading about the role of environmentalists...continued

Of Wolves and Wolf Hunting Season: It's True, and It's Tragic

Posted October 4, 2011 by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Yes, the wolf hunting season has begun in Montana and Idaho—a tragic outcome that we at NRDC worked so hard to forestall.  We and our dedicated Activists and Members threw our all into a campaign over the past six...continued

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