Items by Michael Milstein

Yellowstone's closure sparks local fury
Disgruntled residents of Yellowstone's gateway communities blame Babbitt and the "War on the West" for the federal budget crisis that shut down the national park they make their living from.
Wolves born outside the park
A wolf released in Yellowstone gives birth to pups near Red Lodge, Mont., after her mate is illegally killed.
Jail for a poacher
Chad S. Beus is sentenced to jail and fines for poaching a photogenic Yellowstone elk.
Wolves feel the urge
Some of the wolves reintroduced to Yellowstone are trying to breed.
Feds flex their muscles
Federal attorneys sue Nye County, Nev., for claiming that Nevada owns public lands.
Not much fuss over wolves in Canada
Canadians don't understand why Americans are so anxious about wolves.
Canada provides $2000 wolves
Canadian Gerald Gustavson was among 10 trappers hired to capture wolves for Yellowstone.
This mating is no game
Federal biologists play matchmaker with Yellowstone's newly arrived wolves.
Happy pack of journalists pursues quarry
Wolf reintroduction creates a media circus.
The wolves are back, big time
The first wolves return to Yellowstone amid much fanfare and mixed reactions.
Eco-vandalism: Alien trout play havoc in Yellowstone
The introduction of non-native trout threatens local fish in Yellowstone Lake.
Yellowstone gets new superintendent
Yellowstone Superintendent Bob Barbee to be replaced by Michael Finley from Yosemite.
National Park Service is put on a starvation diet
New Park Service director Roger Kennedy plans sweeping reorganization and job cuts.
Babbitt backs plans to kill predators
Bureau of Land Management tries to outmaneuver opponents of predator control.
Poacher gets light sentence
A hunter pleads guilty to poaching elk in Yellowstone National Park.
Firms milk park's 'wildlife'
National Park managers deliberate over whether or not they should charge biotechnical firms for extracting microbes from Yellowstone.
Poacher shoots elk, video and himself
A nationally known archer pleads guilty to killing protected elk in Yellowstone National Park.
Wildlife officer says he is a victim of politics
Game Warden Joel Scrafford resigns in opposition to a forced transfer from his Montana and Wyoming territory.
Washington doesn't get it, officials say
Custer National Forest is under pressure to speed oil and gas leasing.
Supervisors ask: Was it coincidence or treachery?
Two Montana National Forest supervisors quit to protest reassignment.
Timber firm seeks grass-roots allies
Consultant tells Wyoming ranchers at a multiple-use meeting not to negotiate with preservation groups.
Medicine Wheel remains unprotected
The Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark suffers from too many tourists.
Clinton flinches under Western pressure
Higher grazing, logging and mining fees are dropped from the budget.
Clinton flinches under Western pressure
Environmentalists' euphoria over President Bill Clinton's Western policies came to an abrupt end in late March, when the White House pulled public land reforms from its new budget.
Conspiracy destroyed a Vision for Yellowstone
A Bush administration conspiracy destroys a plan for environmental protection in Yellowstone and costs a Park Service official her job.
Battle for the Bones
Today, across the West, scientists, rockhounds and those who collect for profit are battling over the bones of the 100-million-year-old wildlife of the Mesozoic.
An old-timer talks about new times
When Lloyd Todd joined the U.S. Forest Service in 1957, choices were much simpler than they are now. "At one time, we'd have said this is how much timber we're going to cut, period," he says. "Then there might have been an article or two in the paper, and I might have taken a cussing or two, but that would have been it."
Are bison getting killed in Montana for no reason?
The outcome of a legal battle between a cattle company and the federal government over transmission of brucellosis from wild bison could impose dramatic changes in the use of public land in the West.
Some ranchers keep an old tradition alive
Working undercover, agents bought an array of illegal poisons, learned how to lace carcasses with them, and visited ranches where deadly baits were left for predators.
A fading Yellowstone 'Vision'
In 1989 a coalition of park and forest chiefs in what is now called the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem embarked on a pioneering plan to coordinate their management. But something went awry.
Coyote slaughter: A federal killing machine rolls on
In the absence of any comprehensive national strategy to handle predatory animals, the Agriculture Department's Animal Damage Control branch has emerged as the one program to determine the fate of American predators. It does this primarily by killing them.