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A Big Step for Bear Kind: Go BLM!

April 16, 2010

Posted by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
bearpepperspray, bearspray, grizzlies, grizzly, grizzlyconflicts, hunterbearencounters, huntergrizzlyconflict, yellowstonegrizzlies

Without fanfare or fuss, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), District Manager Tim Bozorth, recently took a big step to reduce the potential for bear conflicts with big game hunters.  The BLM is now requiring that outfitters operating on its lands...

Hunting Grizzlies in Parks: No April Fool’s Joke

April 1, 2010

Posted by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
bcgrizzlies, bcgrizzlyhunt, canadagrizzlies, grizzly, grizzlybears, grizzlyhunting, hunting

No joke: today is opening day for grizzly bear hunting in British Columbia parks.  The idea of hunting grizzlies in parks would be unthinkable in the lower-48 states, where parks are considered safe refuges for wildlife, providing the public with...

Grizzly Bears: Taking Stock of 2009, And a Bear Prayer for 2010

December 31, 2009

Posted by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
biogems, endangeredspeciesact, greateryellowstone, greateryellowstoneecoystem, grizzlies, grizzly, grizzlybears, grizzlyprotection, resolutions, yellowstonegrizzlies, yellowstonegrizzlydelisting

As grizzly bears have finally settled into their dens for a long winter sleep, it is time to take stock of the status of the populations that make up the last strongholds for grizzly bears in the Northern Rockies.  These...

Bear Tales and Some Grizzly Secrets

December 30, 2009

Posted by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
bears, grizzlies, grizzly, grizzlybears

Everyone who lives around grizzly bears or visits bear country winds up with a few stories to tell.  And who is not fascinated by an animal that can fish with its feet and can’t get enough back scratching?  Following are...

57,000 say: stop using deadly predator poisons

December 11, 2009

Posted by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
compound1080, killingpredators, m44, predatorkillingprograms, predatorpoisons, sodiumcyanide, sodiumfluoroacetate, wildlifeservices

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services agency is in dire need of reform-- particularly when it comes to killing predators, which play key ecological roles across the American landscape. Wildlife Services should change its outdated mode of operation to...

Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Threats Underestimated

December 1, 2009

Posted by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
grizzlies, grizzly, mountainpinebeetle, whitebarkpine, yellowstone, yellowstonegrizzlies, yellowstonegrizzlydelisting, yellowstonegrizzlyrelisting

In the November 23rd Salt Lake Tribune article "Yellowstone grizzly deaths down: future uncertain," statements by government officials dismissed the massive threats to whitebark pine trees, the primary engine driving the health of Yellowstone's grizzly bear population. The impacts of...

Public is steadfast in their support for stronger Yellowstone grizzly bear protections

November 25, 2009

Posted by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
grizzlies, grizzly, grizzlyprotection, habitatprotection, publicsupportgrizzlies, wildlife, wildlifeprotection, yellowstonegrizzlies

A few weeks ago, Montana State University (MSU) Billings released the results of a telephone survey of Montanans on a series of questions, including, "Do you feel that grizzly bears found in Yellowstone Park and the surrounding areas should be...

Does Agency Cynicism Serve Wolves, Science, or the Public Interest?

November 20, 2009

Posted by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
wolf, wolfmanagement, wolves, yellowstonewolfdelisting, yellowstonewolves

A recent meeting of the Montana Chapter of the Society of Conservation Biology showcased talks by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Western Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, Ed Bangs, and the Montana Wolf Project Manager, Carolyn Sime. What struck...

Yellowstone grizzly prospects improve as relisting ruling is upheld

November 18, 2009

Posted by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
endangeredspeciesact, ESA, esagrizzlyprotections, grizzlydelisting, yellowstonegrizzlies, yellowstonegrizzlydelisting, yellowstonegrizzlyrelisting

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy wisely denied the Department of Justice's efforts to reverse his September 21st decision that restored endangered species protections to the Yellowstone grizzly bear population. The Yellowstone grizzly is still at risk: global warming poses...

Are the Hills Alive?

November 2, 2009

Posted by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
greaterrockies, greateryellowstone, greateryellowstoneecoystem, grizzlybears, mountainpinebeetle, northerrockies, pinebeetle, whitebarkpine, yellowstone

This article originally appeared as a guest editorial in the Jackson Hole News and Guide on Ocotober 28, 2009. It's impossible to drive over Togwotee Pass or hike in the wilds of the Gros Ventres or Absarokas these days without...

Meet The Beetles and Folks Who Study Them

October 8, 2009

Posted by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
biogems, endangeredspeciesact, grizzlies, grizzly, grizzlybears, whitebarkpine, yellowstone, yellowstonegrizzlies

(Left to right:  Wally Macfarlane, Yours Truly, Liz Davy, and Willie Kern) They flew in from all over the world: Switzerland, Finland, Greece, Italy, Austria, Slovakia, and Canada, as well as many parts of the U.S.  Like the beetles...

Relisting Yellowstone grizzlies: breaking old ways, creating new possibilities

September 29, 2009

Posted by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
endangeredspeciesact, ESA, esagrizzlyprotections, grizzlies, grizzly, grizzlybears, grizzlydelisting, grizzlyrelisting, yellowstone, yellowstonegrizzlies

The victory celebration piece I started last week on the relisting of the Yellowstone grizzly bear — a centerpiece of my work over the last 20 years — looks nothing like what you read now.  After 2 ½ years of...

Yellowstone Grizzlies Need Federal Protection

September 16, 2009

Posted by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
endangeredspeciesact, ESA, grizzlies, grizzly, grizzlydelisting, yellowstonegrizzlies

The article below appeared originally in the Missoulian August 10th and has been slightly revised.  A July 17 Missoulian article on settlement discussions about lawsuits over the government's Yellowstone grizzly bear delisting decision included a statement by Hank Fischer of...

Wolf-Watching in Yellowstone: Small World in a Big Park

September 11, 2009

Posted by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
wolf, wolflawsuit, wolflitigation, wolfprotection, wolfwatchers, wolves, yellowstonewolfdelisting, yellowstonewolves

On Labor Day, my husband, Doug Honnold, and I drove through the northern part of Yellowstone Park on our way home from a hiking trip in the Beartooths.  The hillsides had turned tan, and some willows in the bottoms were...

Wolf delisting court battle 2.0

August 31, 2009

Posted by Louisa Willcox in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
delisting, ESA, idaho, montana, montanawolves, northernrockies, wolfdelisting, wolfhunt, wolflitigation, wolves

Right now, the NRDC Montana staff (Janet, Matt, and me) is driving back to Livingston from Missoula, after the federal court hearing on our wolf injunction wrapped up in front of Judge Molloy today. Matt's driving, so Janet is trying not to look out the...