Wildlife

Montana refuge divides tribes and ranchers
Montana refuge divides tribes and ranchers
The American Prairie Reserve offers a controversial vision for an intact prairie ecosystem.
Why the West can learn from East Africa
Why the West can learn from East Africa
Reflecting on wildlife conservation in Kenya and at home.
People are grizzly food — and that’s OK
People are grizzly food — and that’s OK
Our species can still get schooled on the food chain.
Latest: New wind farm releases plan to mitigate bird deaths
Latest: New wind farm releases plan to mitigate bird deaths
Renewable energy installations can cause thousands of bird deaths but have been slow to respond.
Latest: California county cuts tie with Wildlife Services over predator killing
Latest: California county cuts tie with Wildlife Services over predator killing
In 2014, the federal agency killed over 60,000 coyotes, despite research into new non-lethal methods.
Glacier National Park reshuffles native trout
Glacier National Park reshuffles native trout
The move will protect species at risk from climate change and invasive fish in new habitats.
Real predators don’t eat popsicles
Real predators don’t eat popsicles
Once again, in Zootopia, Disney’s view of nature is sanitized and out of touch.
Latest: Court orders reconsideration of whether to list wolverines
Latest: Court orders reconsideration of whether to list wolverines
Some say state opposition stymied efforts to provide the species federal protection.
Meet the man who changed humans’ relationship with bears
Meet the man who changed humans’ relationship with bears
Montana biologist Chuck Jonkel, who recently passed away, invented bear spray — and saved bears in the process.
Thousands of fish die in Colorado, amid flood recovery projects
Thousands of fish die in Colorado, amid flood recovery projects
Concrete used to rebuild bridges on the Front Range appears to be the culprit for the deaths of 5,600 trout and other fish.
Ranch Diaries: The risks of ranching on a wild landscape
Ranch Diaries: The risks of ranching on a wild landscape
How the threat of predators has fundamentally shaped my relationship with nature.
Federal wildlife refuges are not up for grabs
Federal wildlife refuges are not up for grabs
Alaska’s attempt to intrude on federal wildlife refuges has incensed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for good reason.
Science trumps politics for wolverines
Science trumps politics for wolverines
A court ruling may force wolverines onto the endangered species list, and open the door for other animals threatened by climate change
In bison recovery, scientists start small
In bison recovery, scientists start small
A new approach to bison conservation focuses on many small herds on a patchwork of public and private land.
Take a page from the mountain goats
Take a page from the mountain goats
A parent contemplates risk assessment with kids in the mountains.
Latest: Wyoming drafts a Yellowstone grizzly management plan
Latest: Wyoming drafts a Yellowstone grizzly management plan
The plan could eventually include regulated hunting of the bears.
White-nose syndrome comes to the West
White-nose syndrome comes to the West
Researchers race to find solutions for deadly bat disease.
Desert tortoise militia occupies Bundy Ranch
Desert tortoise militia occupies Bundy Ranch
Endangered reptiles stage heavily armored takeover of cattleman’s property.
County by county, the West braces for rise in mosquito-borne diseases
County by county, the West braces for rise in mosquito-borne diseases
As the climate warms, mosquitoes thrive, and communities try to figure out how to prevent disease outbreak.
West Obsessed: What’s the deal with Wildlife Services?
West Obsessed: What’s the deal with Wildlife Services?
For an agency that researches non-lethal predator control, they sure kill a lot of critters. HCN writers discuss an agency trying to rethink its role.
Meet the caribou hunter of Arctic Village, Alaska
Meet the caribou hunter of Arctic Village, Alaska
Photos of this winter’s hunt and a community’s subsistence way of life.
A rare ecological event: ‘super bloom’ in Death Valley
A rare ecological event: ‘super bloom’ in Death Valley
The arid park is covered in wildflowers for the first time in a decade.
Interactive timeline: Fish & Wildlife Service proposes to delist Yellowstone grizzly
Interactive timeline: Fish & Wildlife Service proposes to delist Yellowstone grizzly
Decision marks the second time the grizzly has faced loss of federal protection.