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The Big Threat to Bighorns
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September 3, 2018

In the cover story for this issue, Assistant Editor Paige Blankenbuehler investigates the agricultural influences behind Colorado’s state wildlife commission that are impacting a bighorn herd in a vast wilderness. Wildlife stories abound in this issue, as grizzly bears are hunted in Wyoming and Idaho, and beavers help a desert bloom in Nevada.

Feature

Agricultural interests steer Colorado’s wildlife management
Agricultural interests steer Colorado’s wildlife management
Sheep grazing in the state’s largest wilderness area could endanger a dwindling bighorn sheep herd.

Sidebar

See the influences behind Colorado’s wildlife commission
See the influences behind Colorado’s wildlife commission
A powerful governing board gives agricultural interests the loudest voice.

Editor's Note

When a lie is a lie
When a lie is a lie
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is trying to incite fear and hate, rather than solve complex problems.

Current

As ethics questions swirl, Zinke knows how to work a crowd
As ethics questions swirl, Zinke knows how to work a crowd
The Interior secretary woos conservatives with logging, drilling, public access.
Naming the Borderlands’ lost
Naming the Borderlands’ lost
In Arizona, a humanitarian crisis spurs researchers to find new ways of identifying migrant remains.
The next Supreme Court pick could shape Indian law for decades
The next Supreme Court pick could shape Indian law for decades
The highest court in the land holds legal power over tribal nations, but it lacks knowledge of tribal law.
Latest: Wyoming and Idaho to hold grizzly hunts
Latest: Wyoming and Idaho to hold grizzly hunts
Lawsuits loom over the first hunting tags given in 44 years.
Latest: Tribes gain more leverage over Western water
Latest: Tribes gain more leverage over Western water
A recent ruling could settle the unresolved groundwater rights of nearly 240 tribes.
How beavers make the desert bloom
How beavers make the desert bloom
‘I’m always looking for ways to keep water here, and the beaver do it for free.’

Book Reviews

Photos: The elusive & iconic American mountain goat
Photos: The elusive & iconic American mountain goat
A biologist documents the natural history and lives of the North American quadrupeds.
The beauty — and dangers — of living wild
The beauty — and dangers — of living wild
Two new fearless memoirs deliver stories of pragmatism and boundless courage.

Perspective

The casualties of Trump’s trade war
The casualties of Trump’s trade war
How ‘America First’ often puts the West last.

Heard Around the West

A thirsty bear; salmon snafu; gastropod wranglers
A thirsty bear; salmon snafu; gastropod wranglers
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

Dear Friends

A meeting of the minds in Gunnison
A meeting of the minds in Gunnison
The editorial staff of High Country News converges to plot the future of the magazine.

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