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A Letter to ESPN (and Disney) About Wolves

April 29, 2010

Posted by Matt Skoglund in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places , The Media and the Environment

Tags:
biogems, disney, ESPN, jamesswan, waltdisney, wolf, wolfattack, wolves

Dear ESPN (and Disney), I am baffled and troubled by your publishing of “The myth of the harmless wolf” by James Swan on the Outdoors section of your popular ESPN.com website.  The article is so misleading, one-sided, over-the-top, and,...

Spring

April 8, 2010

Posted by Matt Skoglund in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
henrydavidthoreau, klinkenborg, Montanaspring, spring, thoreau, verlynklinkenborg

A Montana winter is nothing to scoff at; abbreviated days, extended nights, buckets of snow, routine excursions below zero.  But stop us from enjoying life out of doors it does not.  The snow-covered mountains, crisp air, and bright sun beg...

The Future of Wild Bison in Montana

March 30, 2010

Posted by Matt Skoglund in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
arniedood, biogems, bison, bisonrestoration, buffalo, buffalorestoration, montana, montanabison, montanabuffalo

What does the future hold for wild bison in Montana?  That is a question Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) seeks to answer over the next year.  And the timing couldn’t be better. Shockingly, Montana is essentially devoid of wild,...

While Wolves Continue to Face Opposition in the West, I Think About Aldo Leopold

March 5, 2010

Posted by Matt Skoglund in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
aldoleopold, aldoleopoldwolves, biogems, jameswilliamgibson, wolf, wolfhunt, wolves, yellowstonenationalpark, yellowstonewolves

Gray wolves continue to grace many headlines in the West these days.  And, unfortunately, the news is more often than not bad for the wolves. Here are some recent wolf news stories: In February, a joint resolution drafted by...

The Feds Drag Their Feet, and Whitebark Pine Continues To Go Bye-Bye

February 26, 2010

Posted by Matt Skoglund in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places , Solving Global Warming

Tags:
andrewnikiforuk, biogems, climatechange, endangeredspecies, endangeredspeciesact, globalwarming, greateryellowstoneecosystem, grizzlybears, louisawillcox, whitebarkpine, yellowstonegrizzlies

NRDC Senior Wildlife Advocate Louisa Willcox and leading Canadian author Andrew Nikiforuk hiking above dying and dead whitebark pines in the Gallatin Mountains in Montana last summer.  Whitebark pine trees anchor the high country of the Northern Rockies.  They...

“Wolf Wars” -- Cover Story of the March 2010 National Geographic Magazine

February 23, 2010

Posted by Matt Skoglund in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
biogems, dougchadwick, douglaschadwick, endangeredspecies, nationalgeographicwolves, wolf, wolves, wolvesbiodiversity, wolveselk, yellowstonewolves

Douglas Chadwick, a prominent Montana author, penned a though-provoking article on the never-ending controversy of gray wolves in the Northern Rockies for the March 2010 edition of National Geographic. In “Wolf Wars,” Chadwick touches on many of the issues...

A Huge National Park Planned For Labrador, Canada (With Photos)

February 10, 2010

Posted by Matt Skoglund in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
atlanticsalmon, eagleriverlabrador, flyfishinglabrador, labradorcanada, mealymountains, mealymountainsnationalpark, woodlandcaribou

An early Valentine’s Day gift to the continent, the Canadian government recently announced it will create North America’s newest national park in an isolated corner of southeast Labrador. Mealy Mountains National Park will include spongy tundra, gorgeous mountains, soggy bogs,...

Top Predators Create Healthy Ecosystems

February 3, 2010

Posted by Matt Skoglund in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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biogems, isleroyale, jeremyhance, mesopredators, predatorecology, predatorprey, predators, wolves

In an excellent article published yesterday, Jeremy Hance examines three recent studies that underscore how critically important top predators are to healthy ecosystems.   The first study considers the negative effects that occur when "mesopredators” (e.g., coyotes, raccoons, skunks, baboons,...

The Northern Rockies Wolf Population Has Stopped Growing

January 29, 2010

Posted by Matt Skoglund in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
biogems, endangeredspecies, endangeredspeciesact, idahowolfhunt, montanawolfhunt, wolf, wolfhunt, wolves, yellowstonewolves

An Associated Press article reports that, according to court documents filed by Montana wildlife officials yesterday in the federal lawsuit over the removal of Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in Idaho and Montana (to which NRDC is a...

Ted Turner and Yellowstone Bison?

January 16, 2010

Posted by Matt Skoglund in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
biogems, bison, brucellosis, buffalo, montanabison, montanabuffalo, montanaquarantine, quarantinebison, quarantinebuffalo, tedturner, yellowstonebison, yellowstonebuffalo

Montana’s proposal to send some or all of the brucellosis-free Yellowstone bison currently quarantined just north of Yellowstone National Park to Ted Turner’s Green Ranch west of Bozeman, Montana, and allow Turner Enterprises to keep up to 90% of...

2009: The Year in Wolves

December 30, 2009

Posted by Matt Skoglund in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
biogems, endangeredspecies, endangeredspeciesact, resolutions, wolf, wolfhunt, wolves, yellowstone, yellowstonenationalpark, yellowstonewolves

2009 was a dismal, tragic year for Northern Rockies wolves.  They lost all protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), were hunted for the first time in Montana and Idaho (and continue to be hunted in Idaho), and were...

Montana’s Governor Brags About His Bison-Killing Ways

December 17, 2009

Posted by Matt Skoglund in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
biogems, bison, brianschweitzer, buffalo, buffaloslaughter, sarahpalin, yellowstone, yellowstonebison, yellowstonebuffalo, yellowstonenationalpark

If you’ve ever searched for an answer to the insanity that is bison management in Montana, you need look no further than a recent comment made by Montana’s Governor, Brian Schweitzer.  During a speech last week at the annual...

Spinning Wolves in Montana

December 11, 2009

Posted by Matt Skoglund in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
biogems, endangeredspecies, montanawolfhunt, wolf, wolfhunt, wolves, yellowstone, yellowstonenationalpark, yellowstonewolves

A recent Associated Press article makes the case that Montana is on the right track with its management of wolves.   The article opens by stating, “An examination of Montana’s first public gray-wolf hunt showed at least nine of the...

A Gift To Yellowstone’s Bison From The Gallatin National Forest

December 2, 2009

Posted by Matt Skoglund in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
biogems, bison, buffalo, gallatinnationalforest, horsebutte, yellowstone, yellowstonebison, yellowstonebuffalo

Two weeks ago, Yellowstone's wild bison received an early Winter Solstice gift from the Gallatin National Forest:  permanent closure of the Horse Butte public grazing allotment. This is huge, wonderful news.  Horse Butte is a large, cattle-free peninsula that...

A Deadly Thanksgiving Weekend Planned For Wolves And Other Predators In Idaho

November 25, 2009

Posted by Matt Skoglund in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

Tags:
biogems, cabelas, endangeredspecies, endangeredspeciesact, graywolves, idahopredatorderby, wolf, wolfhunt, wolves

Grab your distressed prey call and serve yourself an extra helping of manliness at your Thanksgiving feast, it's Idaho Predatory Derby time, baby! Yeah, that's right, the 5th Annual Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife Idaho Predator Derby is set to kick...