Public Policy

In Extinction’s Way: The Wolverine and Climate Change

In Extinction’s Way: The Wolverine and Climate Change

Then there was the radio-tagged young male wolverine who a few years back summited the highest mountain in Glacier National Park, ascending the last 4,900 feet up a sheer, nearly vertical ice rampart in less than 90 minutes.

TEK and the Return of Wolves, Fire, and Bison

TEK and the Return of Wolves, Fire, and Bison

Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is the wisdom indigenous and local people acquire by living on the earth. Rooted in a specific landscape and based on the fact that everything is connected, TEK braids together relationships between plants, animals, the earth, the seasons, and people.

Quantifying Wildness; Tracking Wolves and Elk in the Rockies

 Quantifying Wildness; Tracking Wolves and Elk in the Rockies

When I began to study wolves and their prey as a scientist, I used VHF and GPS collars, but also turned to traditional wildlife tracking

Recovery of the Great Bear?

 Recovery of the Great Bear?

As was the case for other large carnivores in the lower 48 United States, by the 1960s grizzly bears were nearly extinct. This species had dropped to less than 2 percent of its former range south of Canada and occurred in six small, discrete populations, totaling 800-1,000 individuals.

Of Lynx, Traps, and Lawsuits: The Rocky Road to Enlightened Wildlife Conservation

Of Lynx, Traps, and Lawsuits: The Rocky Road to Enlightened Wildlife Conservation

The lynx is one of the most at-risk carnivores in the United States. South of the US-Canada border, this elusive species’ population may be as low as a few hundred individuals. In 2000, the federal government acted by listing it as threatened in portions of the US, under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Steps to recover lynx have included reintroduction.