Category Archives: Wildlife

Scarface: In the end, the end was a bullet

A bullet stopped Scarface. The famously recognizable grizzly bear with a fan base in Yellowstone was a 25-year-old elder in declining health. Given that fewer than five percent of male bears born in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem survive to age 25, he’d already beaten … Continue reading

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Wolverines: Quest to protect magnificent mustelid continues

News flash: Climate change imperils wolverines and Feds must act! That’s the recent headline from ABC news, reporting on court proceedings in Missoula, Montana. On Monday, April 4th, “U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen ordered wildlife officials to act as quickly … Continue reading

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Greater Yellowstone grizzly bear delisting: Have your say

As I write, over 400 comments have been recorded by the US Fish & Wildlife Service on its proposal to delist the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) grizzly bears from Endangered Species Act protection. That’s 400+ comments in the first 10 … Continue reading

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Yellowstone bison: The road to slaughter starts at home

The specter of death hovers over the world’s first national park. Approximately 150 wild bison have been rounded up within the boundaries of their ostensible refuge, Yellowstone National Park, and are being held in a capture facility–also located within park boundaries. They … Continue reading

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Channel your inner wolverine!

Happy Wolverine Birthday! According to the Wolverine Foundation, February 14th is the day designated to symbolically mark the birth of wolverine kits. They come into the world under five inches long, weighing 3.5-5.11 ounces, and covered in white fur. They … Continue reading

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Bear 399: Delisting the grizzly you know

(UPDATE: May 10, 2016 deadline to submit comments on delisting. Access all related documents and find comment link here.) We humans don’t relate well to nonhuman animals at the population level–so goes the theory. But give us the particulars about … Continue reading

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Cecil and Obie: owning animals, dead or alive

Cecil the lion is dead, long live Cecil. Obie the tiger lives–and dies–in successive purgatories for 45 years running. Cecil, a unique individual and beloved personality, was slain by a small and hollow man for no reason other than ego. … Continue reading

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A human-bear tragedy in Yellowstone

  A 63-year-old male hiker is dead, killed and partially consumed by a grizzly bear while hiking in Yellowstone National Park.  A 259-pound mother grizzly, who was at least 15 years old, is also dead, killed by the caretakers of her … Continue reading

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Win a few, lose a few: Animal fighting, commercial breeding get another pass

Seventy percent of U.S. adults have a favorable opinion of the animal protection movement–so says recent research–which leads me to think that the other 30% serve in the Montana legislature. Animals lost what should have been a couple of slam-dunks during the … Continue reading

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Shrine Circus 2015: “Turn and stand” for animals

“F—ing dopers!” This invective was snarled in our direction as we stood outside the Adams Center on the University of Montana campus in Missoula one recent April weekend. Inside the Adams Center, the Shrine Circus (produced by the Jordan World Circus) was putting … Continue reading

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