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Zack Strong, Wildlife Advocate, Bozeman, Montana

Zack Strong

My parents believed that an important part of my education growing up in Montana was getting to know the mountains. Casting a fly rod, shooting a bow, cleaning an elk, running rapids, starting a fire in the rain: these and more were lessons that began at an earlier age than I can remember. Long backpack and arctic canoe trips, working as a ranch hand and rafting guide, exploring Iceland for a year, and innumerable hours spent running and nordic skiing mountain trails have since instilled in me the sense that high altitudes and high latitudes are where I belong. Along the way, I’ve developed a profound appreciation and awe for the hardy animals that somehow make a living in these rugged places. Grizzlies and bison, wolves and wolverines, pikas and polar bears: they are so much more than pelts or park exhibits or public property. They are our neighbors. They are our colleagues in the wild, our companions on this planet, and our responsibility to protect.

As a member of NRDC’s wildlife team, I focus on wildlife conservation issues in the Arctic and Northern Rockies, and use my background in law (J.D., University of Montana, 2009) and environmental studies (B.A., Dartmouth College, 2005) to advocate on behalf of the iconic creatures that call our last remaining wildernesses home.

Recent Posts

Please Comment on the Montana Wolf Stamp!

Posted August 12, 2014 by Zack Strong in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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Earlier this year, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Commission directed the Department to establish rules creating a Montana Wolf Stamp.  FWP has since proposed a final rule, and set a deadline of August 22 for the public to...continued

MT FWP Commission Votes 5-0 to Move Forward with Wolf Conservation Stamp!

Posted May 23, 2014 by Zack Strong

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As I wrote earlier this week, we were thrilled when Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) announced that it would be formally proposing the Wolf Conservation Stamp at yesterday’s FWP Commission hearing.  We were even more excited when, after considering...continued

Montana Announces Wolf Conservation Stamp!

Posted May 21, 2014 by Zack Strong

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Last week, the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) announced that it would be proposing a “Wolf Conservation Stamp” at its May 22 meeting that, if approved, would be available for purchase by the public later this year. ...continued

Enough "Mistakes." Wildlife Services Should Put an End to Indiscriminate Killing

Posted April 30, 2014 by Zack Strong in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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This blog first appeared on The Wildlife News and LiveScience. Each year Wildlife Services—a little known agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture—shoots, traps and poisons millions of animals, including about 100,000 native carnivores, ostensibly to resolve conflicts between people...continued

New Rules Would Allow Montana Landowners to Shoot, Trap More Wolves

Posted January 3, 2014 by Zack Strong in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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This blog originally appeared on The Wildlife News. Last week, more than a million Americans registered their opposition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) proposed plan to remove Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves in most of...continued

Protecting Livestock from Predators: New Dogs, Old Tricks, Same Success

Posted December 19, 2013 by Zack Strong in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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This blog is part of NRDC’s OnEarth Magazine’s Answers from the Past month, in which contributors explore how contemporary thinking on sustainability has been influenced by wisdom handed down to us from previous generations.  The theme was inspired by New...continued

The International Wolf Symposium: A Model of Respect and Collaboration

Posted October 25, 2013 by Zack Strong

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I recently attended the International Wolf Symposium in Duluth, Minnesota—a several day event featuring thoughtful debates, discussions, and presentations on wolf management, recovery, ecology, behavior, genetics, education, and interactions with people and livestock—in the U.S. and around the world.  The...continued

Melting Sea Ice Means Uncertain Future for Walruses

Posted October 5, 2013 by Zack Strong

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Huge, tough, impervious to cold.  Long, sharp tusks.  Fierce enough to defend themselves against polar bears and killer whales.  A diet of shellfish that many cultures consider delicacies.  It’s hard to believe that walruses would have much to worry about,...continued

Utah Taxpayers Should Demand Accountability, Honesty from Wolf Delisting Lobbyists

Posted August 6, 2013 by Zack Strong in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the Utah legislature is poised to pay a political action group called Big Game Forever $300,000 to lobby in favor of removing wolves from the endangered species list in the lower-48.  That would...continued

Goshawks, Old-Growth, and the Tongass National Forest

Posted July 11, 2013 by Zack Strong in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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The Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska is the largest national forest in the U.S., and the heart of the largest coastal, temperate rain forest in the world.  It is a vast, lush labyrinth of scattered islands, deep fjords, rugged...continued

Slaughtering Wolves Is Not Wildlife Management

Posted June 18, 2013 by Zack Strong

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Last month, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) issued proposed rules for a 2013-14 wolf hunting and trapping season.  Although wolves in Montana are still fresh off the endangered species list, and the state's wolf population declined by 4%...continued

Nonlethal Tools: Good for Livestock, Good for Wildlife

Posted April 24, 2013 by Zack Strong in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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                                    For a century and a half, ranchers in the northern Rocky Mountains have been grazing cattle and sheep in the backyards of bears, lions, coyotes and wolves.  Despite these temptations, predators are responsible for only a tiny fraction of...continued

Idaho Numbers Remind Us that Traps Don't Discriminate

Posted February 26, 2013 by Zack Strong in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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According to an article recently published by The Wildlife News, wolf and other trappers in Idaho reported 246 “nontarget captures” during the 2011-12 trapping season. (“Nontarget capture” is a euphemism for animals caught, injured, and often killed by traps not...continued

Wolf Hunting and Trapping Closures Best Determined by Experts, Not Politics

Posted February 13, 2013 by Zack Strong in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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In December 2012, my colleague Matt Skoglund described the serious impact wolf hunting seasons in the Northern Rockies were having on Yellowstone National Park wolves.  At that time, hunters had just killed wolf 832F, the alpha female of the Lamar...continued

Polar Bears Will Just Adapt to Land, Right?

Posted February 9, 2013 by Zack Strong in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places, Solving Global Warming

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  Polar bears use arctic sea ice as a platform to hunt their favorite food, seals.  Unfortunately, climatic warming is rapidly melting the ice.  Without it, scientists warn, polar bears will not survive. But why worry?  Polar bears evolved from...continued

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